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Afterlives of the Saints is a woven collecting of groundbreaking essays that go through Renaissance anatomy and the Sistine Chapel, Borges’ "Library of Babel," the historical past of spontaneous human combustion, the hazards of masturbation, the pleasures of castration, “and so forth” — each one essay targeting the tale of a selected (and fairly unusual) saint.

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Thomas Gordon Smith, a professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, has designed a seminary in the Romanesque style of northern Italy for the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) in Denton, Nebraska, which trains seminarians to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass. He has also designed a French Cistercian-style church for Our Lady of Clear Creek Monastery in Hulbert, Oklahoma, a community of Benedictine monks whose spirituality centers on the traditional liturgical year. Gothic. ” An Arian tribe that had played a significant role in destroying Roman civilization in the fifth century, the Goths had no architectural style of which to speak.

Though the complexity of influences on architecture makes it difficult to say, there is an interesting hypothesis by a Spanish scholar from the nineteenth century who contends that the playful sense of elevation in Western architecture (prior, of course, to the advent of skyscrapers, Frank Lloyd Wright, and modernist design) has its roots in the soaring sight of the Church: “Those weather-vanes and spires and turrets impart to our cities, as well as to our fields, a grand religious character never possessed by the buildings of antiquity.

From wine and sparkling wine it is a small step to brandy, or “burnt wine,” as it was originally known. The largest brandy distiller in the United States and most likely the world is that of the La Salle Fathers or Christian Brothers, an order founded in the seventeenth century in France by St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. 19 Chartreuse. One of the world’s most distinctive liqueurs is chartreuse, which takes its name from the Carthusian Charterhouse in Voiron, France, and continues to be made by the order there and in Tarragona, Spain.

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