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On the Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore) in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For other texts and ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title), the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject), the List of Worth-It Catholic Books & eBooks, and the main page of the Catholic eBooks Project.

“Jacob said to himself, Why, this is the Lord’s dwelling-place… What a fearsome place is this!… This can be nothing other than the house of God; this is the gate of Heaven. So it was that, when he rose in the morning, Jacob took the stone which had been his pillow, and set it up there as a monument, and poured oil upon it; and he called the place Bethel, the House of God… This stone, too, which I have set up as a monument, shall be called the House of God.” (Genesis xxviii, 16-19, 22)

“It is a matter of justice that the sacrifices of parishioners and benefactors result in a beautiful church, one that manifests Christ to our world. Even those who are unable to contribute monetarily to the building of the church, including the poor, have a right to expect their church to be beautiful, a sign of God in our midst.” (Bishop Jerome E. Listecki, Norms for the Construction and Ordering of Church Buildings in the Diocese of La Crosse)