Quick Hits: Building a cathedral, single-handed

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Jul 14, 2016

Thomas Van, who is currently fulfilling a different set of obligations overseas, has not lost his knack for finding intriguing Catholic points of interest on the web. The other day, he sent me a link to a brief video about a 90-year-old man who has been building a cathedral in Spain, essentially alone, for the past 53 years.

You'll find the video at this link: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/07/a-lone-man-spends-53-years-building-a-cathedral-by-hand/. Learning about the unusual Catholic mission of Justo Gallego will not take you a half-century—just two minutes and twenty seconds.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Edward I. - Jul. 15, 2016 4:01 AM ET USA

    That's one striking analogy to the spiritual life. Even though the builder has no formal training, and it's only half-complete, his perseverance and labor has created a beautiful building. But he'll never finish the work in this lifetime. All he can do is trust in God to decide what will happen to it after he's gone. If you were writing a novel and you put this story in as a part of the plot, readers would complain that your religious symbolism was too heavy handed and that it defied realism.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jul. 14, 2016 5:03 PM ET USA

    While the rest of us struggle against the Cardinal Marxes and such, this man builds a cathedral. Maybe we should deliberately take a page out of his book...often.