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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

For Crying Shame...

I am responding to the call of Anglo-Catholic Ruminations' challenge to find the world's ugliest tabernacles... I present the following submissions for consideration (see also the Whappers' Shrine and the tabernACKles of Gerald) if you're hungry for more)

Well, now, I'll show you the living room... as you can see, Mildred's got a real thing for plants. What's that? Oh, that's just a box for our friend, he likes to listen to the plants too, and boy does he love sitting in the sun!

Hmmm... and this is in a medical center chapel. Do you think this helps patients feel better?

Wow. Never in a million years would I have thought you could wreck THAT image!

St. Patrick's Seminary tabernacle and "tet decorations", whatever the heck that means. And it used to be such a pretty place before they wreckovated it...

Well, it is from Canada. Apparently it's cold out so they built Jesus an igloo!

Behold, the chisel head of God.

Perhaps it's in Gaelic... can someone interpret please?

Jesus is so special to us that we gave him a cardboard box to live in!

The Jesus Crusher?

They say this is to represent the sun. Shouldn't it be to reserve the Son?

"And halfway along on our tour, I really want to tell you how NORMATIVE our parish is, we are so normative I can't even begin to tell you how! But, look, we definitely are, after all we keep Jesus off of our altar, nosirre, no Jesus on OUR altar, instead we keep him over here in this spare room! See, I told you were were NORMATIVE!" (Take the tour yourself)

No comment.

It's melting, it's melting!

The Tree Spirit seems to be out right now, but if you "leaf" your name I'm sure he will "fall" on you again some time.

The pillar of fire without the fire.

Who said resistence is futile? It's not futile, it's... ok, it is futile after all.

Proudly displayed in the Marin (not Marian?) Catholic chapel in Kentfield, CA.

The Eagle has landed at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Midland MI!

Earth to Irish Jesuits, Earth to Irish Jesuits...

What IS it with those Irish anyway?

You know, the saddest part is that A) most of these are ones I haven't seen on any of the other "watchdog" blogs, and B) I found them all within about 10 minutes searching on Google images for "catholic tabernacle". Yikes.


Blogger Ray from MN said...

I can't believe that a Catholic parish or religious order purchased tabernacles that looked like that.

They obviously don't realize that God Himself is really inside those ugly containers.

One of the modern theories of architecture was that the structure should reflect the purpose of the object. We know what these people must think.

Thanks, Mary.

June 21, 2007 4:45 PM  
Blogger Father said...

I see the tabernacle of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral made the cut - you should see the companion piece - the "Assumption of the BVM" thus called because, because of its position in the church, we are to ASSUME that is what it is!

The tabernacle from the International Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, Krakow, Poland also made the cut - see the great big globe with the built in stoplight!

June 23, 2007 1:06 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Oh, my. So many tabernacles to pick from, how does one select a favorite? I'm kind of partial to the Borg one though. Love your comments.

June 23, 2007 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Margo said...

"The Jesus Crusher" could be captioned "Beam Me up!"

Oh help. (!)

June 27, 2007 7:30 PM  

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