Aqueduct in Segovia by Jodi

by Sister Julie Ann on October 1, 2008

Noting that Francis spent much of his initial conversion days building with his own hands, the Franciscan Sisters of segovia-057.jpgChristian Charity Image of the Month focuses on an aqueduct in the small town of Segovia, Spain. Jodi, a college student who recently spent a semester in Spain,  is responsible for the photos.

The aqueduct was built without any mortar by the ancient Romans. The shape and weight of the stones alone has kept it standing for 2,000 years. When I look at modern buildings, I know that they haven’t been made to last, and that 2,000 years into the future the aqueduct is more likely to be standing than even our most impressive modern skyscraper. It’s humbling to stand next to a structure that has survived so much. When I touched a stone at its base, I couldn’t help but think of all the other people who have touched that stone, including the ancient laborers that placed it there. It was a more powerful link to the past than any thing I had experienced before.


During this year that we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Rule of St. Francis, we invite you to comment on an experience that linked you to the past in a powerful way. Contact us if you have a photo that you would like to share.

6 thoughts on “Aqueduct in Segovia by Jodi”

  1. What an amazing structure! I so appreciate Jodi’s reflection on all those who have touched those stones throughout the centuries including the ancient laborers that placed them there!

    Who, in your life, has helped you build something?

    I remember my Dad helping my sisters and me build our tree house! It is a fond memory that has helped nurture my creativity and my secure family foundation.

  2. Jodi, thanks for sharing this historical event in your own life. This was quite a construction project!

    A recent “building project” that I had a small hand in was our float for St. Francis Day. Probably taking out the staples of the skirt attached to the hay wagon after it was over was the real “hand” work. This simple finger work did clear the mind of anything else. There is something to be said for these kind of tasks.

  3. Kara Martin says:

    I spent a weeklong Fall Break trip at Nazareth Farm. It’s a beautiful Catholic community in rural West Virginia. They do home repairs for the people in the area who are suffering from poverty. My leader taught me how to use a circular saw, and guided me as I cut the boards for a new roof in a section of their home. We then nailed down the roof. It was very cool to accomplish something like that, and to do something that others could benefit from- the family had been using a tarp for their roof!

  4. There is something so good about helping to build things! I think that it is a way to connect with Jesus, the Son of a carpenter… Thanks so much for writing about one of your “building experiences” Kara!

  5. Kat Stratton says:

    Beautiful, the things that can be done without anything to hold it together. It reminds me of the many things that people of the past have accomplished without things we deem necesary now.

    I wonder how many things we could live without that we think are necessary…

  6. Leslie says:

    I wish we still took time to build things well. Now days we just build things the quick and easy way. I wonder if any of the buildings we build now have a chance of being around for another 2000 years. Probaly not.

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