November 09, 2010

Quotable



This is the great task before us: to show everyone that God is a God of peace not of violence, of freedom not of coercion, of harmony not of discord. In this sense, I consider that the dedication of this church of the Sagrada Familia is an event of great importance, at a time in which man claims to be able to build his life without God, as if God had nothing to say to him. In this masterpiece, Gaudí shows us that God is the true measure of man; that the secret of authentic originality consists, as he himself said, in returning to one’s origin which is God. Gaudí, by opening his spirit to God, was capable of creating in this city a space of beauty, faith and hope which leads man to an encounter with him who is truth and beauty itself.

--Pope Benedict on Antonin Gaudi, in his homily at the 
dedication of La Sagrada Famalia in Barcelona (above).




NB: Today is the Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and Saints John Baptist and John the Evangelist in the Lateran in Rome (one of my Dominican friends gave me the full title of the feast; it makes me giggle). Commonly called the Basilica of John Lateran, it is one of the four major Basilicas in Rome, and Rome's Cathedral (photo, below). 


E and I were discussing this morning how this feast is one of those where its so cool to be Catholic: we celebrate a physical Church. I was thinking about that this weekend with the dedication of La Sagrada Famalia in Barcelona, which is why I posted this quote. Our faith is rooted in a place; then that place transcends itself and directs us to heaven. PFA.  (Pretty freakin awesome.) 



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