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Rector's Sabbatical

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Dear Friends at St. James:


We have visited the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. It is an amazing building. I was fortunate to have had the chance to talk with Ernie Clarke before our departure about the Sagrada. The twentieth century Cathedral rises up out of Barcelona like a huge sand castle. It looks more like a massive carving than a man made structure. The architect Gaudí drew on his love of nature in designing the building, and the natural environment of this area is evident everywhere in this place of worship. The interior celebrates light, like huge beautiful forest. In many ways, the outside with the story telling portals are the most magnificent aspect. Having seen many of the classical buildings here, you realize what a huge creative leap Gaudí made with Sagrada. As I looked at the biblical stories presented on the outside portals, complete in detail, I realize that the building is also very verbal. One would need a person familiar with the Christian story to interpret.
Such is the case with all the visual presentations from any era. The weather here has been hot and sunny but with lovely cooling breezes. Wendy and I have enjoyed walking the outdoors.



Rod & Wendy