Friday, September 19, 2014

Feast of San Gennaro (St. Januarius) in Naples

Today our group had front row seats to see this truly remarkable miracle - the annual liquefaction of the blood of the patron saint of Naples.

Plan on being in Naples Cathedral for 10 am Mass any Sept. 19 to see and experience this event.  And come back at 4 pm when they allow you to get in line and actually reverence the relic. 

In the photo you can see here the liquid blood, kept inside the ampoule.

Martyred under the reign of Diocletian, the blood was preserved by the local Christian community.

You can read the inspiring story of St. Gennaro here:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

7th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum Celebration in Rome

Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross.

Sung Mass at Trinita' dei Pellegrini and lunch in Trastevere.

Participants came from Italy, France, India, Vietnam, USA, Canada, Britain, Scotland, etc.

A toast was made in honor of the Pope.

Titular Church of Cardinal Sarto (Pius X): San Bernardo

San Bernardo alle Terme, an abbatial church. 

Christian Martyrs

St. Vittoria seen at Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome. 

Cardinal von Gallen in Rome

At his titular church of St. Bernardino. 

Where Romans Pray for Peace: Ave Regina Pacis!

St. Mary Major statue for the faithful to venerate...

From the Sacristy at St. Mary Major

Celebrate this Mass as though it were your first, only, last. 

Rome's Oldest Elevator

St. Regis lift from 1894, seen at the Le Grand Hotel.  So much history here.  Designed and built by Cesar Ritz.  Motioned originally by a hydraulic pump system by utilizing water from the adjacent 16the century Moses fountain.   

Piazza Barberini

With the Hotel Bernini Bristol.

Archbishop Sheen often dined here at the rooftop restaurant. 

Bentley Motors in Rome

U.S. Embassy in Rome

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Catholic Culture: Sport and Leisure

What you catch, eat.  Never waste.  

Bless the Creator for food for the body.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Monument to Pius X at His Birthplace

Riese Pio X, in the north of Italy. 

The School Where Pius X Studied in Castelfranco Veneto

Today it is a conservatory of music:

Back in the day it was the school of a future saint.

La Scuola Ginnasiali di Castelfranco Veneto is what it was called.  

The Sarto family were poor and so the future Pontiff walked here every day from his nearby village of Riese.  He would carry his shoes and walked barefoot.  Today you take the bus between the two towns.  It was an honor to walk it.  Do the same and you will see the statue of young Joe Sarto, carrying his shoes. 

Maria Ss. Bambina

Cathedral of Castelfranco Veneto, where Pius X was ordained priest.  He had great devotion to Our Blessed Lady under this title.  A popular Italian devotion from Milan. 

Inscriptions at Place of Ordination of Pius X

Olea Sancta - What an Aumbry Looks Like

Cathedral of Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.

Where Pius X Was Ordained Priest

The Cathedral at Castelfranco Veneto, near his birthplace. 

A day he would never forget: September 18, 1858.

An honor to pray here.  A great place to be ordained.

The floor where he laid prostrate.

A pity the old altar is no longer used.  I would restore it as it was on his ordination day.

Prayers for the Persecuted

Rome's Acqua Felice "Moses" Fountain

Cater-cornered from Santa Susanna's is this lovely fountain, built in the sixteenth century as an architectural experiment by Pope Sixtus V - with lovely Roman water splashing merrily around the feet of the heroic-sized figure of Moses in the central niche.  

Three large basins extend across the base of the fountain, and fresh water poures into them from the mouths of the four lions.  The lions recline lazily along the edges of the basins.  Visitors with guidebooks in their hands stand in front of the fountain, studying and seeking to identify the figures in the marbled alcoves alongside of Moses.  Logs going on in this fountain.  Take a close look next time.  And be ready to translate some Latin.   

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Protect Our Families!

Rome Quotes

"Not surprised, yet quite repulsed and disgusted by Obama's inactivity of human atrocities in ISIS. A culture that is accustomed to slaughtering its own babies in the womb through abortion could not find itself moved by children being tortured, women raped, and innocents murdered. They are habitually and loathsomely indifferent to wickedness."

-Fr. Samuel Medley

Pray for Persecuted Christians

Christian refugees in Iraq write on their tents:
"Jesus is the light of the World."

Image from the Internet.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

When the Glass of Your Altar Cards Break

It happens.  There is often at least one you will see cracked like this in Rome.

Take out the broken glass and try transparent acrylic - it has an impact strength exceeding that of glass and is lighter weight. 

The Cardinal's Garden

Bronze Garden Statue

My dad and grandfather always had a statue of St. Francis in the garden.  Was nice.

Order one for your garden.

For info, see here: