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Where Faith and Legos Meet

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Fr. Leopold is the world’s smallest priest!

Have you heard that you can get a Legos Mass set? You can even change Fr. Leopold’s vestments for the liturgical seasons! This is a fun way to ‘practice’ Mass. Too simple for you? Are you to ‘big’ for a set with only 174 pieces?

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Last year, a priest displayed a pretty impressive Lego project at the Franklin Institute in Pennsylvania.

About 500,000 Legos later, Fr. Bob Simon had created a replica of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in honor of Pope Francis’ visit. It is 14’ x 6’ feet and took more than 10 months to create. He said it was a prayerful experience to build.

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Another fun fact:  He tried to create St. Peter’s Basilica when he was 7 years old and was sure he wanted to be a priest then, too!

According to Fortune and Wired, it would cost about $50,000 to make!

How many Legos do you have? Can you ‘build’ your faith? What would it look like?

 

 

An ancient Basilica under Water!

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FB Post from  Fr. James Martin, SJ

I love this photo, and this story. Anyone who has ever said the Nicene Creed at Mass on Sunday (i.e., every Catholic) will know the name of Nicea. This beautiful underwater ruins could be the long-lost Church of St. Peter, from the early sixth century. A loose translation of this article reads, in part: “A team of Turkish archaeologists announced that they had discovered the remains of a 1,500-year-old basilica at the bottom of Lake Iznik, in the northwestern province of Bursa. According to some experts, it could be the Byzantine church of St. Peter, cited in various Christian texts of the time. According to Mustafa Sahin, professor of archaeology at the University of Bursa, who directs the excavations, the basilica was built around 500 AD. In the nearby town of Nicaea (now Iznik) in 325 was held the first ecumenical council of the Christian world, under the chairmanship of Emperor Constantine.”