Unless the Lord builds the house, the builder labors in vain. — Psalm 127:1
It sounds like a pious legend from the early Middle Ages: A monastic postulant contracts tuberculosis before taking final vows, and is expelled from the monastery after eight years. On his sickbed, the former monastic takes a vow to the Blessed Virgin, if he is healed, to raise a shrine in her honor. After he recovers, he spends the rest of his life — over half a century — building, by hand and mostly single-handedly, an immense, soaring house of prayer comparable to the grandest medieval cathedrals.
Except it isn’t ancient history. The story is unfolding today. Now 90 years old, former Trappist Justo Galledgo...READ MORE