Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hero

The Iconic Villa Bettina of Santa Marinella


This gorgeous villino, in "Liberty" style was constructed in 1906.  When I first moved to Italy I rented a flat next door.  Lots of memories here. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Priest in Syria: There is a real genocide against Christians from Islamists

Fatima Center Oklahoma 2016

How to Get a Seal Out of Your Monastery — Redemptorists on Island of Papa Stronsay in Scotland

Catholic Convert Kyle Neilson - Witness

The Daily Holy Hour

Bishop Sheen began his daily Holy Hour as a seminarian in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

He never missed that daily hour of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.   This extra hour was in addition to Mass.  If the church was locked, he sat on the front steps.

When the Bishop preached missions in parishes and retreats to priests, he begged priests and seminarians to be in this habit.  He also said the first half should be spent on ones knees.

He wrote his sermons and books in the chapel, as did Bishop Karol of Krakow.   

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rome Quotes

"Outside Catholicism there is no living religious authority which speaks with the certainty of God."

-Martin Scott, S.J.

From Whence My Drive for Beautiful Vestments

As a boy I remember noticing from an early age that vestments used at Mass were ugly and modern.  It was the eighties.  Call it a prompting from the Holy Spirit; it bothered me from the beginning.

Then as an altar boy at the church of the Assumption in Saint Paul I discovered this lovely Gothic set.  It changed my life forever.  I had discovered vestments worthy of service in the holy of holies.

By God's grace this set is still there today.  I don't think it has been used in fifty years. 

Beauty at the service of the altar is ever old and ever new.  

Pray for Peace

Recently yours truly was walking through an old cemetery, saying some prayers.  I noticed this - a survivor of two world wars.  Bless him, Lord, and all peace makers.  Lord, grant us peace. 

The Altar of My Childhood

Yours truly served Mass at this 1930s altar countless times as boy at the church of the Nativity in Saint Paul, Minn.  Many memories of serving Benediction here.  And my First Holy Communion.  May God be praised. 

Vatican Ribbon


From Slave to Priest: Servant of God Fr. Augustus Tolton

Ordained priest at St. John Lateran on Easter Sunday in A.D. 1886.

Read more HERE.

Pray for Vocations!

Read his story HERE.

From the Port of Rome Civitavecchia

Prevent Abuse and Porn

Thursday, August 18, 2016

An American Creed by Francis Cardinal Spellman of New York

I believe in America:

In her high destiny under God to stand before the people of the earth as a shining example of unselfish devotion to the ideals that have, under God, made us a great nation; the Christian ideal of liberty in harmonious unity, builded of respect for God's image in man and every man's right to life, liberty and happiness.

I believe in America:

For the blood in the veins of America, our heart's blood comes from the wounds of many peoples, chaliced in humanity's name upon the altar of liberty.

I believe in America:

Not because of the tremendous resources of her fields and mountains, rivers and lakes, valleys and plains, but rather because America has been and must ever continue to be, under God, the Beacon of Liberty, the Hope of the Oppressed, the Refuge of the Weak, the Pledge and the Proof that humanity can live in mutual respect based on the law of God, voiced through the conscience of man, and in mutual esteem, based on the responsibility of democratic life.

Lastly, I believe in America:

Because I believe in God and God's Providence that has been over us from the earliest days of our beginnings.  Believing in God, I am confident both of His merciful forgiveness of our national sins and His awareness of our national virtues.  Believing in God's Providence, I am confident of our high resolve that this fair land, the visible setting of the vast, immaterial soul of the American nation, shall never lose its initial consecration to the common Fatherhood of God, so that we and our children's children shall live in peace and harmony among ourselves and with our neighbors.  In this America, I believe; for this is America, I live; for this America, I and millions of others stand ready to die.  

Rome Quotes

"Of what little importance the individual is to some people was brought home to me one day when I asked a man why some of the white people in Africa do not seem to like the missionaries.  He said: 'Because the priests teach the natives that in God's sight all men are created equal and that every man has an immortal soul to save.'  If I were looking for a reason for being disliked, I would not want a more glorious one." 

-Cardinal Spellman

What a Saint Looks Like Moments Before Martyrdom: Blessed Fr. Martín Martínez Pascual



This photo was taken 80 years ago today (18 August 1936).  Moments later, the man in the photo was shot to death.  In his eyes, you can see a foretaste of eternity.  A peace comes upon the soul in the moment of martyrdom. 

Father Martín Martínez Pascual was 25 (born in 1910), and had been a priest for 14 months. He belonged to a community of priests dedicated to promoting vocations and praying for priests, and had recently been appointed as a seminary professor and spiritual director. He was on vacation at his family home when the Spanish Civil War broke out, and the Republican militia took control of the area. They were virulently anti-Catholic and anti-clerical and routinely rounded up priests and religious for execution. 

Father Martín took the Blessed Sacrament from the parish church and went into hiding on a friend's property, first in a barn and later in a cave.

On the evening of 17 August, the militia seized Father Martín's father and demanded that he tell them where his son was hiding. Mr Martínez sent a message to Father Martín, telling him not to worry about him, and to get as far away as possible. Instead, Father Martín turned himself in. He was thrown into prison with other priests from the area, and spent the little time they had together giving them the Holy Eucharist for the last time.

The priests were loaded on to a truck and taken to a local cemetery outside of town. The German photographer Hans Gutmann was documenting the progress of the militia, and took this photo of Father Martín.

The militia told him to turn around for his execution; he responded that he wanted to face them, because he would be praying for them, that God would forgive the insane thing they were about to do. As they took aim, Father Martín's last words were, "¡Viva Cristo Rey!" ("Long live Christ the King!).

Father Martín was beatified as a martyr in 1995, and is one of more than a thousand martyrs from the Spanish Civil War beatified to date. Official reports identify a total of 6,832 clerical and religious martyrs (13 bishops; 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarians; 2,364 monks and friars; and 283 nuns).

The expression on Father Martín's face --- so full of gentleness, patience and love, without a trace of anger towards his captors or fear of what was about to take place --- is a powerful witness to the working of grace and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Suppose we could maintain, amid the little trials and inconveniences of daily life, just a portion of the attitude that Father Martín had in the face of his impending death.

What does he know that we need to learn? What did he see at that moment, and how can we find it?

Blessed Martín Martínez Pascual, pray for us!

Irish-American Priest Fr. James Coyle: Martyred in Alabama in 1921

Read of his story HERE.

In August 1921 he was shot and killed by an anti-Catholic member of the KKK in Birmingham, Alabama.  The killer walked.  A sad story.  The blood of martyrs is the seed of Faith.

Now EWTN, located in Irondale (just a twenty minute drive from the location of the crime) brings the Faith to many millions of people across the globe.

The crime occurred on the front porch of the rectory of St. Paul's, an 1890s church which is now the Cathedral.  The priest is buried at Elmwood Cemetery.  

More here:   http://www.fathercoyle.org/.

To Worship As Our Ancestors Did Worship


Freemasonry Is A False Religion

It has also been a tool of the Democratic Party for generations. 

His Fans Await His Canonization


First Annual New Hope Fundraising Gala in Vancouver

See you there!  

https://lifecollective.io/lifecanada/events/the-new-hope-fundraising-gala

Dr. Peter Kreeft on G.K. Chesterton

Solemn Ceremony of Investiture: S. Militare Ordine Costantiniano di S. Giorgio

Catholic Culture: Constantinian Order of St. George

Life of Pius XII

Cardinal Pacelli Receives Fordham Law Degree November 1, 1936

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

INTROIT • Assumption (August 15) “Signum Magnum”

The Last Outing of Paul VI Before His Death: Pastoral Visit to St. Joseph's on the Via Appia Nuova


On August 1, 1978 Papa Montini came here for a Mass in memory of his friend and mentor, Cardinal Pizzardo, who passed away in 1970.  Pizzardo was the cardinal Montini had voted for in the Conclave of 1963.  Take note that Montini did not cast his vote for a "liberal."  Pizzardo was considered a "conservative." 

A Word About the Disastrously Ugly New Churches Being Constructed in the Diocese of Rome

You see these frequently in the suburbs of Rome.

There is no end in sight.  

Here is an example of a very poorly executed church exterior: SAMPLE.

Pray for a return to Catholic sensibilities.  These new churches are falling way below the grade (and are no doubt highly over priced).  

I used to avoid going to the Palace of the Vicariate because of the brochures displayed, begging for money, depicting the abysmal new churches planned for Rome and the city environs.

Italy was profoundly touched by the 1960s cultural revolution.  Modern Italians are copycats.  This instinct is shown most clearly in their architects who continue to copy the worst of pagan north European architecture from the past (ostensibly from the future), instead of the best of their own from the past and present.

The criteria for Catholic church design must be made clear by the Rome Vicariate: Catholics are to test the validity of an architectural design by the bonum, verum, et pulchrum.

Truth demands that the exterior of a church building clearly reflects the purpose for which it was constructed; beauty and goodness are achieved by following that classical style so familiar and accepted by the Church, the ages and human sensibility.

Byzantine Nun in the Vatican

Ukrainian Catholics. 

Pius XII: Defensor Civitatis

Venerable Pius XII had two immemorial titles: Angelic Shepherd and Defender of the City. 

Original Church of Santa Marinella: S. Marina and S. Leonardo

Now a convent chapel, popular for weddings. 

Arrival at the Vatican

Always a thrill. 

Fratres Scholarum Christianarum

One of the most beautiful properties in Rome. 

The old 1930s collegio of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, on Rome's Via Aurelia.

A magnificent property with a massive chapel and lovely gardens.  With the collapse of vocations, it has been turned into a guest house for pilgrims, like so many other religious houses in Rome.

 

Foundress of a New Religious Institute for Women

Meet an old friend, Mother Vincenza Minet.

She left her nursing order in the 1970s to start a new order, which now has 160 nuns in 23 houses.

She built a convent in the hills overlooking the sea in the resort town of Santa Marinella.

They are the Ancelle della Visitazione.  God bless this wonderful new religious order of nursing nuns! 

1940s Nuns in the Vatican

Two of my favorite.  Having lunch with them in a convent outside Rome overlooking the sea was a real highlight of my adventures in Italy.  These sweet nuns have peace of soul.  Madre Vincenza e Suor Margherita.  

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Church of St. Joseph on Via Appia Nuova Honors Venerable Pius XII


Cardinal Pizzardo commissioned this 1950s mural, to honor Papa Pacelli, who consecrated him bishop in 1930.

In Memoriam: Giuseppe Cardinal Pizzardo



Remembered in the Alban Hills, in the shadow of Castel Gandolfo, in the foothills near Rome.

Read of his inspiring life HERE.

Poem By English Pilgrim Gildas Circa A.D. 600