Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Building Upward

Published: 6/3/20
By: Gordon Dawson

Work should be elevated, honorable, memorable, more than a paycheck.
Work should be more than who can take advantage of whom.

Galatians 6:10 says “Whilst we have time, let us do good work to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of faith.
1881: Santa Fe, New Mexico : Loretto Staircase : built by unknown craftsman, out of unknown species of wood, with no nails and only a saw, a hammer and a t-square, then vanishes without receiving payment.

Dubbed “The Miracle of Wood” like that of the cross.
An unfinished chapel, built in New Mexico, was in need of a staircase to reach from floor to the choir loft. Outside builders and architects argued a staircase could not be built because of the current floor layout. Nun’s began praying to St. Joseph, the great carpenter and foster parent to Jesus. On the ninth day of “The Novina” ( a man arrived (by donkey) and took on the task of completing the chapel’s staircase. A miracle was created with a beautifully curved spiral staircase, made without any center support, using no nails and a small set of tools. It took six months to complete, whereby the craftsman disappeared without any payment or accollade for the good work.

Architects today still reverence with awe, the construction method and its ability to stay standing after all the years of use.

Source: Bishop Dolan, Wikipedia


Loretto Staircase, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Loretto Chapel Staircase, Bishop Dolan (Traditional Catholic Sermon)


– Who built it?
– How does it stand?
– What are you building off the clock?