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What Our Church Buildings Say About Us

October 15, 2018 5 Comments
What Our Church Buildings Say About Us

The week in the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours we are reading from the books of Haggai and Zechariah. Both these prophets wrote at the time of the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile, which had begun in 587 B.C. The Jewish people were permitted to return to the […]

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Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building

July 11, 2018 9 Comments
Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building

Many years ago, I saw the movie True Confessions  (1981), which was about an ambitious priest who discovered the truer meaning of the priesthood. Although the film was seedy in places, the outcome for the main character, Monsignor Spellacy, was salutary. Robert DeNiro (who was more discreet and refined in those days) starred as Msgr. […]

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On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

July 30, 2015 22 Comments
On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

In yesterday’s readings at Mass we read about how Moses laid out the “tent of meeting” exactly according to the pattern God gave him up on the mountain. A millennium later John described a similar scene of the sanctuary in Heaven. Few Catholics today realize that God actually did indicate a good deal about how […]

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How Traditional Catholic Architecture Better Fulfills the Plan of God

September 23, 2013 27 Comments
How Traditional Catholic Architecture Better Fulfills the Plan of God

Catholics have often endured the charge that we are an unbiblical Church. Strange accusation, really, for the Church that collected the Scriptures, determined the canon of Scripture and preached it for 1,500 years before there ever was a Protestant denomination. The fact is we are quite biblical and often in ways that are stunningly powerful. […]

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Stained Glass and the Book of Revelation: How our Church buildings Reflect the Heavenly Vision of St. John

August 13, 2013 15 Comments
Stained Glass and the Book of Revelation: How our Church buildings Reflect the Heavenly Vision of St. John

Most Catholics are unaware of how our traditional church buildings are based on designs given by God himself. Designs that stretch all the way back to Mount Sinai when God set forth the design for the sanctuary in the desert and the tent of meeting. Many of the fundamental aspects of our church layouts still […]

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The Scripture in Stone and Wood and Stained Glass – A Church Revealed

October 27, 2010 34 Comments

Catholics have often endured the charge that we are an unbiblical Church. Strange accusation, really, for the Church that collected the Scriptures, determined the canon of Scripture and preached it for 1,500 years before there ever was a Protestant denomination. The fact is we are quite biblical and often in ways that are stunningly powerful. […]

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Appreciating the Blessed Sacrament

December 8, 2009 4 Comments
Appreciating the Blessed Sacrament

Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to make a pilgrimage to Rome with one of our parishes. The trip struck me in many different ways, two that I’ll blog about here. The first was the awe-inspiring beauty of the churches there. The picture to the right is just one of the many pictures I […]

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By Their Buldings You Will Know Them

August 4, 2009 0 Comments

In the Middle Ages the Cathedral was the true skyscraper of most ancient cities. It could be seen for miles and dominated not only the skyline but occupied the central square of the town. As the Renaissance set in, Palaces and government buildings began to dominate the central square and even the skyline  as the […]

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