Friday, May 15, 2009
Fr. Richard Schuler in Rome: at S. Ippolito...
This is the Rome parish of San Ippolito, constructed in 1954. It's a Franciscan parish located on the Viale delle Provincie, near the Piazza Bologna metro stop.
Our pastor was Msgr. Schuler, a living saint who often introduced himself as Fr. Schuler. Msgr. Schuler was in Rome for 10 days with his aunt in 1950 and stayed at the Hotel Hassler. Later, he returned to study on a Fulbright scholarship which he won for the academic year '54-'55.
At that time Msgr. rented a flat with his mother on the Via Isabella d'Aragona, 2. The landlady's husband had been in Mussolini's navy. For that whole year while in Rome Msgr. celebrated his daily morning Mass in this newly opened Rome parish of S. Ippolito. Years later he still was able laugh in remembering the filthy alb the Franciscans gave him to wear.
We have all met living saints and they are an example to us. Please pray for his soul. He's the one who helped to develop my love for Rome in understanding it as a communis patria (a fatherland common to all). He always encouraged us to be every anxious to make our pilgrimage to Rome: videre Petrum (to see Peter).
Msgr. explained that Rome is not just a city, but a world where antiquity, the Middle Ages and the present day intermingle, become lost in one another, complete each other and present a spectacle without parallel in the world. He explained that Rome is the common birthplace of every child of Western civilization and that the daily life of everyone reared in this civilization is permeated with the life of Rome.