Saturday, November 29, 2008
It's called Beatus Est - see it and link to it and enjoy it!
The posted photos of the new chapel at Thomas Aquinas College carry great hope and promise: http://beatusest.blogspot.com/ .
Saluti da Roma, carissimo!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Edna Parker just died on Wednesday in Shelbyville, Indiana at the age of 115! Please pray for her soul.
She was born on April 20, 1893 in Indiana and got married in 1913. She never drank or smoked. She even lived to see her own great-great-grandchildren. Edna, please pray for us!
Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born Sept. 10, 1893, is now the world's oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The human element will always be. Sin abounds. Get this as a Christmas present for everybody you know.
It is the ultimate Catholic history book: Triumph by H.W. Crocker III.
Goes good with a fireplace, slippers and a glass of Southern Comfort.
In chapter eleven Paul calls himself the "Apostle to the Gentiles" (cf. verse 13) and just before he writes of some not having "full inclusion" (cf. verse 12).
Some boast of not having full inclusion. In fact, many do. The Orthodox come to mind.
Taking the line of Thomas, I don't share my own voice, but that of an authority:
"But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the richness of the olive tree, do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. You will say, 'Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.' That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off. And even the others, if they do not persist in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree. Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in, and so all Israel will be saved; as it is written."
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
In short, it's a fine addition to the Castroni family. They'be been open only two months.
Just across the street from San Vitale. The whole basement is international food.
Tonight yt (yours truly) got the last cranberry sauce - sorry! Stuffing, too.
Note to families: if you have a relative living abroad you're supposed to mail him or her a giant parcel early November with all the Thanksgiving musts.
Note to liberals: why say tradition doesn't matter when Thanksgiving without stuffing in a turkey just wouldn't be any more than a Solemn Pontifical without a gremial!
LIFE has some wicked (many never before seen) color photos up of old Vatican liturgies. Click here and see the galero:
Alipius, a picture says a thousand words!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Just a taste. On the universal liturgical calendar Nov. 22, for Latin rite Catholics, is the feast of St. Cecilia (typical edition of the Roman Missal).
The music here is what is special. The Mass was by G.P. da Palestrina (Exsultate Deo, etc.) and the choir was the "Pueri Cantores" of Rome.
The Comune of Rome gave in homage the chalice as a gift which was presented by Rome's new mayor.
Mass was sung by His Eminence Tomas Card. Spidlik over the tomb of S. Cecilia.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet in your life. Meet His Most Eminent Highness Fra' Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Most Humble Guardian of the Poor of Jesus Christ.
You never know who you might meet in Rome. Yesterday night at S. Cecilia in Trastevere the new (and excellent) mayor of Rome walked by and we got to shake his hand and exchange a word outside the church before Holy Mass. And then today to mee the new Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta just made for another fabulous day in Holy Rome.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
It was a proud moment! After the private papal audience we got our photo taken next to the papal throne (this one belonged to Pius X)!
Even as a little kid I had dreamed of entering the famed Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace. It had taken me this long. As a boy I used to look at old black and white photos of Pius XII in the same room and it was one of my ambitions from that age to enter the same Clementine Room.
In Italy some people somtimes ask me how I got interested in the Faith as a kid. My answer is simple: once I got my hands on a photo book of Pius XII. It changed my life.
I had never seen such splendor or wonder - anywhere. It was the eighties, in America.
We had an old parish library which had already been ignored and forgotten for years. But providence led me there one day as the door was unlocked. My mother brought me in to greet or meet a friend there and as a kid, I was bored and saw on the lowest shelf a big book with big pictures.
I still remember the moment as I reached for that book and took it home and have it to this day. The library was soon after cleaned out and the books disposed of. But that book changed my life - it was photos of Pius XII.
Thank You, Jesus!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, Dec. 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
10 a.m. Solemn Pontifical Mass
at Ss. Trinita' dei Pellegrini in Rome
will be celebrated by George Card. Pell of Sydney Australia.
Sunday, Nov. 30
First Sunday of Advent
4 p.m. Solemn Pontifical Mass
at S. Maria degli Angeli e Martiri in Rome
will be celebrated by Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos of the Pont. Com. Ecclesia Dei.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Moderns think that everything must be or is regulated by law, but they're wrong.
In Rome it's different and in fact much more fun: here there's custom (which is unwritten law). And, too, there are many splendid liturgical perogatives in the Diocese of Rome. Anywho it's all harmless: buckled shoes and tassels from the old days never hurt anybody! Like grandma always said: "Don't count pennies."
But, when you special order your fascia with tassels, make note of the two seperate styles here: one is a point reaching the tassel while the other is the round reaching the tassel. Take note as you have to tell them how you want it when you place the order (as per Don Juan).
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
He loved Holy Russia. Is this not evidence?
Pius XII wrote letters to the world. He was always writing. It was the World War and the Cold War. A time for a tempered (fit) diplomacy and he passed with flying colors.
Answer his call and support Catholics in Russia with a financial gift: www.vladmission.org .
Take note of the flowers! This is the tomb of Pius XII perhaps circa 1959 or '60 or even later.
Just after he was entombed here they put up this portable altar so that clergy and faithful alike could worship as close to his holy corpse as possible.
Please pray and fast that somebody at the top will return such an altar for Holy Mass to be read here again each morning - the fans of Pius XII are many.