Catholic Personality Types

The reading for today says that we are a temple built by God. So if you were a Catholic Church would you be Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Neo Classical, Neo Gothic, Eclectic, or Modern?

I’m not asking which style you like, but which style reflects your personality.

Answers in the combox and why.

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  • Bill

    I guess I would have to say I am eclectic. From a personal spirituality, I tend to be inspired by simplicity, but in church worship, give me the high gothic style :).

  • oneeyedsmiley

    I would say Romanesque – something solid and steady …

  • Margaret E. Perry

    neo-gothic. modern industry tied to ancient aesthetic sense. and so so happy in the sunlight.

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  • Jacobitess

    Most certainly, I'm Gothic. It is the paradox outlined in stone, converging upwards towards Heaven, yet forcing two opposing forces to meet so as to support its endeavour. Action or contemplation? St. Francis or St. Thomas Aquinas? Poetic or scientific? This form says I needn't choose. :)

  • Mitch

    Byzantine or Romanesque, both have the heaviness of a God who has come down to dwell with his people. Transcendence is there, but so is immanence.

  • Wine in the Water

    I like the early Baroque (and rather dislike high Baroque). But I would have to say that I am Romanesque .. direct and simple.

  • Bethie

    Early ChristianNothing means more to me than Jesus, the Atonement, Pentocost (coming of the Holy Spirit).I love the beauty and majesty of the old churches and cathedrals, but I think my personality type is more of a "home church". Simple, friendly and dedicated.

  • Ramil

    Which style reflects me:Baroque, along the lines of the Gesu in Rome: a logical, clean-lined exterior with a riot of passion and splendor on the inside.Closely following that, though, I would say that Spanish Baroque of the Empire, i.e., Churrigueresque-style Baroque: extreme passion, twisting and turning, riotous colors and soaring up to the very heavens themselves.

  • jedesto

    Whatever Sagrada Familia is, that what I hope I am.Jedesto

  • kkollwitz

    Byzantine, for Hagia Sophia and other like churches; and for the Greek sense of Mystery.

  • broken

    Definitely Byzantine because I'm Russian and I have a Russian soul.

  • the Egyptian

    I'm a little country parish church, Gothic, with a simplicity and warmness that only closeness and familiarity can provide, a few cracks in the plaster, paint slightly dulled from decades of candles and incense, the foundation just as solid as the day the massive flagstones were laid by hand by my own forefathers and their neighbors, the floors creak just slightly from the use and weight they bear, reshingled by the men of the parishes own hands, all farmers, not contractors, The interior lovingly cleaned and polished by the ladies and the grounds trimmed and mowed by a high school kid hired for the summer with the cemetery committee standing watch with a weed eater to make sure it is mowed correctly. Warm and secure in my faith but with a few leaks and cracks and creaks squeaks and dulled paint, just like my old home parish

  • Mrs. Rudd

    Early-zaftig.That isn't a choice? Okay…Byzantine. The outside never prepares you for the glorious interior.

  • David C Nicoll

    Like Gormenghast, a clashing eclectic and random mix of styles that looks like it is ever ready to crumble to dust but is surprisingly resilient.

  • Katherine

    You wouldn't happen to have a link to brief descriptions of each of these kinds of architectures, would you?

  • geeklady

    San Damiano, before Saint Francis fixed her up.

  • Deacon Ed

    Something along the order of the monastery at Senanque. Romanesque, I'd imagine

  • Denver

    Geeklady: I resemble that remark!I'd be an eclectic wreck myself, Romanesque nave surrounded by flying buttresses, an altar rail like is found here, plentiful mosaics, abundant side altars, lots of dark confessional boxes . . .

  • Denver

    as to why:lots of confessional boxes 'cause I need lots of confession;plenteous side altars to call to mind the need to invoke the saints and angels;stout Romanesque foundation due to attachment to tradition;flying buttresses for the aspirations of things above; altar rail because of my obsession with proper distinctions;mosaics to remind us that we only get the whole picture with the proper perspective.

  • Justin Kolodziej

    Modern, because often my intentions sound good to myself, but the results are questionable to ugly. Yet the Lord comes by anyway…

  • the Egyptian

    This is what I was talking about, the new all white paint job saddens me, it use to be shades of rose in the sanctuary shadowed to give the impression of niches and pillars, the body of the church was a light grey with white and rose accents, the other pictures are much older turn of the century before the new sanctuary was added, the cheap suspended ceiling was done after some plaster fell from the flat coved ceiling and it was decided that a modern ceiling was more in the spirit of V2, enjoy

  • Lindsay

    Romanesque–traditional, love for pretty things, but not too fussy or delicate, a little cool unintentionally at times on because I'm distracted trying to keep the ceiling from crashing in.

  • Lazarus

    Modern.No sense of style and have worn badly.

  • Qoheleth

    Baroque. Definitely. Get every little detail in there that you possibly can, that's me.