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Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

Nativity Facade, Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) is a Roman Catholic church consecrated in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.  Construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and is ongoing today.  Building progress passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of its architect’s death.

The architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) was the the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism.  This movement in architecture was characterized by curves rather than straight lines, by rich decoration and detail, and by organic motifs and asymmetry.  Some say there is no church anything like it in the entire history of art.

Featuring scenes of the life of Jesus, the elaborate Nativity facade faces the rising sun.

The church can accommodate 9,000 people and, when it is complete, it will be the largest church on Earth.  It is not yet complete, but it is already a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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We need to walk in sexual purity whether we’re single or married. We need to be true to our wedding vows and really mean it when we say, “Till death do us part.” We need to celebrate motherhood and fatherhood and the beauty of gender distinctions. We need to make our kids a priority rather than a distraction, recognizing that we have no more precious gift in this world than our children

Michael L. Brown,  Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide WND Books. 

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Lucifer

“Priests and bishops who don’t teach about Hell will probably wind up there.

It is the job of every bishop and priest to keep as many of you as possible out of Hell.

As I have noted before, the greatest accomplishment of the Enemy of our souls is to deceive people that the Enemy doesn’t exist … that there is no Hell … that people can’t go to Hell … that no one is in Hell, … that evil is somehow a necessary component of existence… blah blah blah.

The Devil exists.  Fallen angels re real, personal beings.  There is nothing cute about the Enemy.

Fallen angels hate you with a malice no human can imagine.  

They have an intellect that surpasses our mere human faculties in a way that we can’t fathom.   They never tire.  They are relentless.  They are real.  If you don’t believe in the existence of malicious fallen angels, you are in serious risk of joining them in Hell.  This is no joke.”

- Fr. Z speaking about new tv show ‘Lucifer’

The Role of Fasting in Spiritual Perfection

Be wise and sensible in undertaking tasks for the body: fasts, vigils, physical work and so on. They are necessary and essential, and do not imagine you can progress in the spiritual life without them, but you must be wise in knowing your measure and keeping to it. This measure is the mean between self-pandering indulgence to the flesh and its merciless chastisement, exhausting it utterly without urgent need. Find this mean by experience and in actual deed, instead of by theory, and make gradual progress your rule, moving from below upwards. Seek, and you shall find.

As regards the inner virtues of the soul, such as love of God, renunciation of the world, belittling yourself, turning away from passions and sin, patience and meekness, being at peace with all men, even those who hate and persecute you, and so on, here no definite measure is required, and their gradual progress towards perfection determines itself within you. Your business is constantly and zealously to urge yourself to every action demanded by them, and to do it always without delay or dallying. In this lies all your wisdom and strength.

–Fr. Lorenzo Scupoli

“The monumental greatness of the Roman Mass,” writes Joseph Jungmann, the greatest historian of the Roman Mass. “lies in its antiquity which reaches back to the Church of the martyrs, and in its spread which, with its Latin language, spans many nations. Nowhere else is it so plain that the Church is both apostolic and catholic.”

in: Anne roche Muggeridge, The Desolate City, Revolution in the Catholic Church.

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Abraham, Father of Our Faith * Taken from Daily Breviary Meditations: Meditations for Every Day on the Scriptural Lessons of the Roman Breviary, in accordance with the Encyclical “Divino Afflante,” written by the Most Rev. Joseph Angrisani, Bishop of Casale-Monferrato, and translated by Rev. Father Joseph A. McMullin of St. Charles Seminary at Philadelphia, PA (Vol. 1; New York: Benziger Brothers, Inc., 1954).

Brother, if you commit a sin and take pleasure in it, the pleasure passes but the sin remains. But if you do something virtuous even though you are tired, the tiredness passes but the virtue remains.
—  St. Camillus de Lellis
In Which I Discuss the Current State of My Discernment

I’m taking a few years off from discerning religious life.

Jesus has not provided an opportunity to enter religious life, but He has given me a wonderful scholarship that pays half my tuition. The catch is that I must attend that school for eight terms.

I have no issues with that.

But it is pointless to get very emotionally invested into a religious community right now and wait four years to enter.

Jesus and I have decided to take a couple years off during my time at college to date seriously (single life). I’ll be faithful to Him, He’ll be faithful to me.