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Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? This white marble, eight arcade, cylinder shaped building began to be built in 1274. The Tower began to lean right from the start of construction as the ground underneath began to sink. We are told that the leaning of the tower has increased slowly but steadily over the centuries. Today, its deviation from the vertical is more than 14 feet.
In spite of many efforts to stop the leaning, nothing has yet worked. Experts say that the tower cannot now be straightened without it toppling over in the opposite direction. It is anyone's guess as to how long the tower will remain standing. It would have been wiser for the builders to have strengthened the foundation at the time they first noticed the leaning, but such action was not taken.
Life in many ways, is like a building. For life there must be an adequate foundation. The Lord Jesus spoke of the foolish man who built his house on the sand and when the storms came, his house collapsed. Jesus spoke too, of the wise man who built his house upon the rock, and when the tempest blew, his house remained safe and sound.
Jesus made it clear that the true rock on which to build is His teachings. Other teachings are like sand and do not provide a sufficient foundation for life. We need not wonder then, when a life begins to lean over precariously, steeped in sin, immorality, and Godlessness. The chances are it has been built upon the sand.
Though every aspect of life is covered in the Word of God, the most important teaching of Jesus Christ is how to obtain eternal life. Without this teaching, the phrase " Hell Bent" really takes on a more literal meaning! Do you know it?
Lenten schedule at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, begins on March 5, Ash Wednesday. Mass will be celebrated at 700 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with the distribution of ashes.
Stations of the Cross are each Friday of Lent, at 7:00 p.m. followed by Mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation is Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. Until 12:00 noon.
Eucharistic Adoration is on the first Fridays of March (7) and April (4), after the 12:10 p.m. Mass until Benediction, at 8;30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Bible study the gospel of Mark will be Monday evenings, after the 7:00 p.m. Mass.
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