Yesterday, Spain won the World Cup 2010, first time they said! This is all the wonders of God's creation... In Spain, there is this local legend of Sevilla's Tragic Tale, that goes like this: Among its many legacies, the Juderia left Sevilla one of its most tragic legends -- that of Susona, La Hermosa Hembra (vulgar for 'beautiful woman').
During the 15th century, even as relations between Sevilla's Christian and Jewish populations were increasingly tense, Susona, the daughter of a Jewish merchant, fell in love with a Christian knight. Every night, she would sneak out of the window, meet her lover by the army barracks, and make it back home before dawn unnoticed. One night, however, she overheard her father plotting a rebellion against the Christian government and, fearing that she would lose her lover forever, Susona warned him of the plot. The Christian army's retaliation was swift and merciless -- Susona's entire family was slaughtered, and their bodies were left to scavengers, which was considered the most dishonourable death. Susona's street thereafter bore the name C. Muerte.
Deeply remorseful, Susona confessed in Sevilla's Cathedral (
Sevilla's Cathedral is the 3rd largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic church anywhere.), received Baptism, and retreated into a convent. When she died, she asked that her head be placed above the doorway as a symbol of redemption for all and, strangely, nobody touched it for over one hundred years. While Susona's skull no longer can be seen on what is now C. Susona, a plaque still bears testimony to her tragic story.
Spain's climate varies greatly and it is certainly not universally Mediterranean. Central Spain has hot summers and bitter winters, but is constantly pretty dry. Rainfall is increasingly scarce the farther south you travel, and given the fiercely hot summers there are very real fears of desertification. The north of the country is wetter, snowier and colder, due mainly to the Pyreness.
While Spain remains an essentially Catholic country, church attendance is dropping. Religious freedom is guaranteed by the 1978 Constitution. The birth rate is also dropping, which has huge social implications for the still strongly traditional family-dominated way of life. Spain's population of around 40 million will start to drop within the next couple of decades (some experts predict a 10 million decrease within 50 years at current levels) and in some regions, such as Asturias, the replacement rate is already at crisis point. Into this demographic hole are pouring immigrants from South America and Africa...
I like Spain and this is such an interesting place which I would like buy cheap airline tickets to go Spain. I am so fascinated by all their beautiful artwork, sculptures, buildings and various monuments. It is said that the ancient pilgrims wore wide hats to keep off the sun and rain, and carried a leather pouch or scrip and a stout stave. When they arrived at Santiago, they would buy a scallop and stick the shell in their hats as proof that they had made the journey. The scallop shell has become the symbol of the pilgrimage...
The face of Europe changed in the ninth century when the Catholic Church let it be known that the tomb of St James the Apostle had been discovered in Santiago de Compostela, in far Calicia, in the northwest corner of Spain... Get cheap airline tickets and journey for salvation! From the early days, the pilgrimage brought its own architecture. The monks of Cluny in France were heavily involved, subsidized by the Spanish kingdoms. Churches of much greater size were now built (as were some very pretty small ones), using the normal Romanesque round arch. The large ones had galleries along the nave and transepts, to handle the great numbers of pilgrims. Best of all was the sculpture, simultaneously assured and innocent. Indeed the architectural delights of the Camino de Santiago are one of the main reasons for a modern pilgrimage.
My mother’s house altar, with my Holy Family Statue and the Holy Water behind it.
Holy Family Statue back to my home on Sunday, 8th March 2009
With God everything is possible... This is really THE Sagrada Familia... What had I seen when I was hospitalized in Tan Tock Seng Hospital one year ago..... it is a long story. But I came back to life, that is the most important part, to be able to tend to my little Isaac. All I want to cut short is that in some day, we might not even need to pay cheap airline tickets to Spain. It is a matter of 'Teleporting' just like Second Life...