Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Pilgrims from all over the Catholc world arrived at this Tuscan village for the ceremony. Most were from France, but some from America, with there being two American ladies making their junior profession.
It's always nice to see the mature Catholic parents who dress themselves as well as their own children in proper attire for an "audience with the King" (Holy Mass).
At the seminary the hallowed colors of the Holy See fly! I just love to see a papal flag unfurled in the fury of the wind. In such a moment I can almost hear the theme song for Star Wars with the words...Sedes Consilii Centralis: Urbs Roma!
Of the 5 new sisters, 2 were Americans! So, the man on the right is the proud (= lucky) father of one of the new sisters from Wisconsin! The young man on the left is the dear friend of one of the new sisters from Minnesota! Small Catholic world to end up together in the Tuscan hills of Italy!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
A few Catholic students in Rome will be gathering in the Piazza San Pietro this coming Friday at six o'clock in the evening to pray a rosary together. Their private intention will be for the speedy success of this so-called "universal indult" in which we've been hearing about these past several days. All are welcome and asked to gather at the obelisk.
Monday, November 06, 2006
It's great to visit the Vatican Basilica every November 1. On that day there is this display of some select relics from the "treasury" on the papal altar. On the middle are placed relics of popes, on the corners are relics of martyrs and between are relics of confessors. On this day, too, the candles on all the altars are lit for the day in celebration of the heroic saints.
Also, in the Diocese of Rome, November 5 was always the traditional Feast of the Holy Relics. Most European dioceses and religious orders had this feast, always near to All Saints Day, but today it's all mostly forgotten.