Saturday, January 31, 2009
Be assured that today you were prayed for in front of the holy remains of this saint: the twentieth century stigmatist, Padre Pio. All readers of this blog were prayed for as well as all readers of all Catholic blogs and all Catholic bloggers (journalists).
Friday, January 30, 2009
My spiritual father is Padre Pio. He was the spiritual father of Pope John Paul II, too. Please, Catholics everywhere, have a spiritual father. Consider Padre Pio.
In February and then in March of 2008 the body of Padre Pio was first exhumed and then the coffin was opened. He was found to be incorrupt. A signum fidei, his flesh had turned dark, but remained incorrupt. Now one can see this as his body is displayed in the lower crypt chapel of the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
I'm here on retreat at his tomb now. In the presence of his sacred remains I carry your private intentions in my heart. He was a stigmatist. A friar. A miracle-worker and now in death has been found to be incorrupt.
This destination is a must for all who visit Rome. Yes, Assisi, but San Giovanni Rotondo, too. It's just three hours from Rome by train. There is a pensione here, the last one star pensione that remains in this town, where one can stay on the cheap.
Visit. See the miracles. See the countless here who still live even today who knew him and lived with him and shared him as a spiritual father.
The last pensione here (cheap place to stay) where I'm staying is the same pensione where Fr. Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, stayed in 1947 when he came here during his Easter holiday.
Fr. Wojtyla arrived in Rome in November of 1946 for studies but his desire was to soon visit Padre Pio to ask him if he would be his spiritual father. The future Pope went to Confession to the mystic here and later visited again as a Cardinal and then more than once as Pope.
The same woman who worked at the pesione then is now 95 years old and remembers when she met the young Pole and shares the experience with everyone. Padre Pio made her promise to pray the rosary every day of her remaining life. She made this promise and to this day, since her arrival in 1936, prays the holy rosary every day.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
If you don't mind "greasy spoon" then this place is a must. Family owned, everybody just orders the same thing: a battered fish or two and greens with beer. It's great fun.
Filetti di Baccala'
Largo dei Librari
In front of Santa Barbara, just a step south of Campo de' Fiori.
Baccala' means dried cod/stockfish.
FSSP Rome parishioners sometimes meet here for la cena.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Of course it varies for different people. For some it might be the In Paradisum of Gabriel Fauré while for others, for example, it might be the Nessum Dorma of Puccini, etc.
But for me it has always been the Symphonie Fantastique of Hector Berlioz. Odd, but the ten minutes at the end of the Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat always carries me back to the glory of the Eternal City.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Many in the north of Italy have a devotion to the infant Blessed Virgin Mary, depicted as a baby. The original of this statue can be seen in a convent chapel in Milan (of the Sisters of the Most Holy Baby Mary). Sisters from the north living in and near Rome often have a similar statue such as this in their convent parlor or chapel.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Brightly draped prelates in the ferraiolone look absolutely gorgeous, and this is something that layfolk can agree upon, too.
Some things in the Church we say "trancend" the power of human understanding, but this does not. It is a simple matter of beauty and the Church has given us such beauty through Her bounty and beneficence.
Meanwhile, as the story goes, along came the chiseled rhetoric of the sixties and the ferrialone got the chop as everybody betook themselves in the "new" direction of making everything "modern."
Funny thing is that we of today are much more modern then they of forty years ago ever were.
Continuing with the drama, until 1967 clergy were ordinarily required to wear the ferraiolone when in the presence of the Popes. Then they did away with this. Now we're asking for a return.
Beauty is to be duly observed and not done away with in the silly name of modernity.
Archbishop Harvey, we look to you, ti prego!
This might be the place for you if you're good at Latin, philosophy and theology. Study for your licence and MA in Thomistic studies at Rome's Dominican Univeristy. The only answer is for a new generation to carry the torch, or much will be lost.
See here: www.angelicum.org .
Thursday, January 22, 2009
They say that the study of classical architecture is still effectively banned from our architecure schools in America.
Except at Notre Dame. If your call is to be an architect, then apply to Notre Dame as they get it right:
It's good advice, and know Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662)...
"The perfect mind is the one that through genuine faith knows in supreme ignorance the supremely unknowable, and in gazing on the universe of his handiwork has received from God comprehensive knowledge of his Providence and judgment in it, as far as allowable to men."
-Maximus the Confessor