Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The best Halloween I ever spent was at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for drinks after a walk down Michigan Avenue.
Anyways, if you're in Rome today and miss all the pumpkin action from back home, just take a stroll through the Campo de Fiori and you'll see it all...
Smiling I just had to take this photo 'cause I just love the toys...
Anyways, there will be great hoopla in Rome this November with the creation of some new cardinals.
Most of them will visit here to get their new garments. Gammarelli: tailor to the stars! Visit them on the Via Santa Chiara in Rome...
Friday, October 26, 2007
"To describe the emotions of the mind and the crowd of ideas that arise on entering this 'mistress of the world' is impossible. All is confusion and agitation. The eye moves rapidly from side to side, eager to grasp every object, but continually diverted by s ome new scene; all is wonder."
-Washington Irving (arrived in Rome in 1805)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I'm always proud when I see nice cultural events in Rome - makes me think of this quote from Blessed Pius IX:
"Benedite O Gran Dio l'Italia e concedetele il dono prezioso della fede."
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Today in Italy is the liturgical feast day of Blessed John XXIII. Also, it's the anniversary of the day in which VII was opened with great solemnity in 1962.
I recommend a great book entitled The Ratzinger Report by Vittorio Messori with Joseph Card. Ratzinger (Ignatius Press). "Chapter Two: A Council To Be Rediscovered" is great...
Here's me in Rome pretending to be one of the fathers of the II Vatican Council! Rows of the old chairs that were custom made for the bishops of the world that were used in the Vatican Basilica during the Council are now located in the parish for Dutch pilgrims located across the street from the Vatican Basilica (Church of S. Michaele e Magno).
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The musical meditations were as follows:
Antifona Ave Maris Stella (gregoriano)
Francesco Soriano (1548-1621)Canon LXXVII a cinque Sopra l’Ave Maris Stella
PRIMO MISTEROL’ANNUNCIAZIONE A MARIA VERGINEFrancesco Maria Benedetti (1688-1746)Cantata sopra la Madonna preservata dallacolpa originale, à due, Basso e Soprano (1713)Maria io tanto t’amoPRIMA PARTE
SECONDO MISTEROLA VISITAZIONE DI MARIA VERGINEA SANTA ELISABETTAAnonimo (prima metà XVIII sec.)Quae Stellae Micantes (1719)mottetto per Basso, Viola d’amoree Basso ContinuoQuae Stellae Micantes, AriaDies luce solemnior, RecitativoEt nos ergo jubilantes, Aria
TERZO MISTEROLA NATIVITÀ DI GESÙFrancesco Maria Benedetti (1688-1746)Cantata sopra la Madonna preservata dalla colpaoriginale, à due, Basso e Soprano (1713)Maria io tanto t’amoSECONDA PARTE
QUARTO MISTEROLA PRESENTAZIONE DI GESÙAL TEMPIOHeinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)Sonata del Rosario IVLa Presentazione di Gesù al TempioCiaccona
QUINTO MISTEROIL RITROVAMENTO DI GESÙTRA I DOTTORI DEL TEMPIOPablo Bruna (1611-1679)Tiento de Secondo Tono por GsolreutSobre la letania de la Virgen