Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What They Read in the Vatican

The talk of the town:

Priest blog:

Lay blog:

Is this not a great epoch to be living in?

Justus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

From Civitavecchia: Requiem Mass for Bishop of Port of Rome Most Rev. Carlo Chenis

Rome Requiem Mass for Most Reverend Franco Gualdrini (1923 - 2010) R.I.P.

On Monday he passed away at Terni, his old See (he retired during the Holy Year 2000).

Bishop Gualdrini in retirement had been the sacristan of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.  He was the only bishop-sacristan I ever knew and of all the countless times I saw him he was always in the Roman cassock with episcopal zucchetto.  A fine priest.  It was great to have him there these recent years.  He added a lot.  Once he saw a teenage friend of mine in her mantilla at Mary Major and asked to pose for a photo with her he was so delighted.


What the Greca Looks Like

House of style.

What is Wrong with This Picture?

Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Dominican Sisters in Rome

Is this your vocation?

Rome Parade

Patroness of the Port of Rome: Santa Fermina


Where to Swim When in Rome: La Marinella

Santa Marinella, 65 KM NW of Rome.

Like a day-dream beach.  This photo was taken this month.  March on the seashore!

St. Agatha Martyred Under Decius

Painting from a Rome sacristy.

"At Catania in Sicily, the birthday [day of death February 5] of St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, who in the time of the Emperor Decius, under the judge Quinctian, after buffets and imprisonment, racking, the twisting of her limbs, the cutting off of her breasts, and torture by being rolled upon sherds and burning coals, at last died in prison while in prayer to God."

-Roman Martyrology

What is Wrong with This Picture?

Today in the world there is an absolute value put on pluralism.  Fine, but this is ugly.

Funny thing is that my grandma has this same carpet (and pine lumber) in her basement (lol!).

Italian art historians go nuts over god-awful stuff like this.  Then we look bad.  Thanks, guys!

In Honor of Moms: the Holy Machabees, Martyrs

Read 2 Maccabees 7.

I can hear my mum's voice in Latin:

"My son, have pity on me.  I carried you nine months in my womb, and nursed you for three years, and have reared you and brought you up to this point in your life, and have taken care of you.  I beseech you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed.  Thus also mankind comes into being.  Do not fear this butcher, but prove worthy of your brothers.  Accept death, so that in God's mercy I may get you back again with your brothers."

-2 Maccabees 7: 27.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rome Autos

Toy cars for the kids.

FSSP in URBE from Ponte Sisto

FSSP in URBE from Quirinale Hill

Rome Monument in Honor of Enrico Dante

St. Agatha of the Goths on Via Mazzarino, 16.

Elections in Lazio

Cardinal Borromeo in Roman Style Chasuble

Catholic Africa

"And everyone who has left house or brothers or sisters or wife, or children or lands for My Name's sake shall receive a HUNDREDFOLD."

-Matthew 19:27-29

Rome Tomb of Enrico Dante

Henricus S.R.E. Card. Dante
Presb. S. Agathae in Urbe
5.7.1884 - 24.4.1967

Church of St. Agatha of the Goths on Via Mazzarino, 16.

Mater Gratiae on the Borgo Pio

As you walk down Rome's Borgo Pio pause here and offer a prayer to the Lord.

Catholic Spain

Roma Beata.

Rome Holy Week Schedule for Usus Antiquior

Many have asked for the Holy Week horarium for 2010:

(Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum at Santissima Trinita' dei Pellegrini)

Domenica delle Palme (Palm Sunday)
ore 10:00 Benedizione delle Palme, processione e Messa Solenne

Giovedì Santo (Maundy Thursday)
ore 18:30 Santa Messa in Coena Domini

Venerdì Santo (Good Friday)
ore 18:30 Liturgia del Venerdì Santo

Sabato Santo (Holy Saturday)
ore 22:30 Messa Solenne della Veglia Pasquale

Domenica di Pasqua (Easter Sunday)
ore 09:00 Messa Bassa
ore 10:30 Messa Solenne
ore 18:30 Messa Bassa

For directions see here:

Support Life Site News

Stick it in the face of the enemies of civilization and support this worthy effort:

Rome Quotes

For your meditation today: "We all have been given the gift of life...let us remember to use some of our life to advocate FOR those that are denied theirs."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Rev. Paul Marx: Catholic Hero of the Twentieth Century

A spiritual father to many.

A glorious warrior of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May the Holy Innocents, martyrs, greet him at the gates of the New and Eternal Jerusalem.

"Laudate, pueri, Dominum, laudate nomen Domini!" (Praise the Lord, ye children, praise ye the name of the Lord!).

Who will take over when legends such as this pass on to their reward?  Know that the torch hath been passed on to a new generation of warriors.

Fr. Paul Marx, PhD: An American Saint

He was ordained priest in this same chapel in 1947 at the Benedictine Abbey of St. John's at Collegeville, USA.  Photo taken in 2009.

In 1981 he founded Human Life International:

Like Mother M. Angelica, he is an American saint.

Fr. Paul Marx, OSB: Confessor of the Faith (1920 - 2010)


The founder of the International Pro-Life movement.

A giant of a man.  A living legend.  I twice had lunch with him last summer and he signed this book, his doctoral thesis.

Sent into exile, defamed by an Archbishop in 1997, his Benedictine superiors took away his faculties.  One grave injustice and persecution after another.  And yet he remained a model of obedience and faith.

May God grant that his prayers will assist us in the pro-life fight as we face new challenges such as Obamacare.

The Catholic Artist

Support the good guys with employment:

Rome Quotes

Oft-repeated words of my dad: ''When government says they're going to give you something they have to take something away''.


Famous Swiss Benedictine Convent of Claro (Monastero di Santa Maria Assunta)

This convent has been here since 1490.

The chapel was constructed in 1684.

Imagine that nuns have lived and prayed here on the side of this mountain every day since 1490.  The sisters pray in Latin, but speak Italian.  They live in cloister.

Even St. Charles Borromeo came here to visit (the sisters even kept some items as relics) as the Duchy of Milan covered this land.

Famous Swiss Benedictine Convent of Claro (Monastero di Santa Maria Assunta)

As you can see the convent is located on the side of a mountain, the Claro.  Cardinal Ratzinger came here more than once to visit.  We came for sung Mass in Latin on New Year's Day (thanks, Don Moore!). 

The chapel depicted in the second photo is located at the bottom of the hill.  

The convent can only be reached in this exciting manner - you ring the porter and then you are lifted up above the forest and up the hill in this orange funivia ski lift.  A great view of the Swiss Alps!

Christians Are to Vote Pro-Life

"As for me and my household, we vote pro-life."

Pro-Life Europe on the Rise

With the E.U. in Bruxelles and Strasbourg we need more pro-life lobbies/efforts there.

On Sunday there will be a pro-life march in Brussels in front of the Royal Palace:

This is a big deal.  A start.  At least it's something.  Support them in prayer.  This war is in large part spiritual.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mons. Carlo Chenis: My Friend the Bishop of the Port of Rome (1954 - 2010)

He was the finest.  A real legend.  A great man.

From Turin, he was a Salesian of Don Bosco.

A much-loved university professor at Rome's Salesian University he was hand-picked by the Salesian Cardinal Secretary of State who consecrated him bishop and sent him to the Salesian port of Rome, Civitavecchia.

He passed away on March 19 from complications due to cancer that within just a few months had worked its course.

Remember: the worst thing you can do for the dead is to boast that they already enjoy heavenly bliss; instead, pray for the dead as the Church instructs us.

In your charity kindly pray for the repose of his soul.

Don Carlo, tutti aspettavano il miracolo della tua guarigione ma il miracolo veramente è stata la tua presenza tra noi. Sei stato un vero vescovo e un brillante teologo (i tuoi incontri con i giovani e adulti sono stati i migliori). Grazie per la tua presenza tra noi e per la tua santità!

Mons. Carlo Chenis, SDB (Bishop of Civitavecchia - Tarquinia): R.I.P. 1954 - 2010

He was a personal friend of mine.  And he welcomed this blog effort.

On St. Joseph's Day he passed away at the age of 55.  One of the finest bishops on the continent.  A major loss for the Church and local community.  I am still in a state of shock.  Please pray for this holy soul.  He was a fierce and loyal son of Pope Benedict XVI.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lay Students in Rome Information

This site will save you a lot:

Basic Theology: Read This

Easy and fun:

Paul VI on the Tiara

"Finally, the new pontiff is to be crowned by the senior cardinal deacon. Within a suitable period, he is also to take possession, in the prescribed manner, of the Patriarchal Archbasilica of the Lateran."

-Pope Paul VI (Apostolic Constitution on the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff issued on October 1, 1975).

As a Hobby: Begin to Read Papal Encyclicals

A fine occupation of interest.

See here:

Start with Leo.  He looked at the world and he presented its troubles with astonishing clarity in a series of encyclicals which have become a part of world literature.  He defined the rights of man on earth and the concern of the Church in the establishment of those rights.   

For Papal Audiences Bring Back the Ferraiolone and Ferraiolo/Ferraioletto

Rome Students

Glory of Catholic Milan: Ambrosian Rite at Rome's Pantheon

Basilica di S.Maria ad Martyres (Pantheon)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
12:00 p.m.
Solemn High Mass in the Ambrosian Rite
In Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Extraordinary Form of the Ambrosian Rite.


See you there!

Holy Mass at Pantheon

See here:

Where to Study in Rome: Biblicum (Biblico)

Study Sacred Scripture here:

The Church is in need of a new generation of scripture scholars who will defend against the challenges of the myth-builders who would dismiss the Holy Bible or large parts of it as just folklore.

Domus Ecclesiae Et Hospitalis S. Ludovici Nationis Gallicanae de Urbe

On Via S. Giovanna d'Arco, near Piazza Navona, is this old French casa del clero.

It's the old Domus Ecclesiae Et Hospitalis S. Ludovici Nationis Gallicanae de Urbe (Saint-Louis des Français Communaulé des Prêtres).

Archbishop Murray had studied in Louvain and sent the guys from the Diocese of St. Paul who had studied in Louvain and spoke French to live here while in Rome.

Catholic Finland

Institutum Romanum Finlandiae

Invitation to Fallen Away Catholics

Link here:

Spring Flowers in Rome

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pius XI Honors Catholic Ireland with a New Seminary in Rome

Rome's Irish Seminary

Ut Christiani Ita Et Romani Sitis.

Would be nice to see this rendition of the college coat-of-arms on the college website front and center.

Collegium Hibernorum de Urbe

Banner of Rome's Irish Seminary

"At Downpatrick in Ireland, the birthday of St. Patrick, Bishop and Confessor, who first preached Christ in that island and was of great renown for miracles and virtues."

-Martyrologium Romanum

N.B. The dies natalis is the birthday into life eternal.

Rome's Pontifical Irish College

Since 1628.

A beautiful place to live in Rome.

Entrance of a Rome Palace

What you see under the ivy tendrils.


Sant'Onofrio al Gianicolo.

Dominicans at the Port of Rome

Since 1912 this statue has welcomed all as they walk along the beach promenade of Civitavecchia.

Padre Alberto Guglielmotti, O.P. (1812-1893)