The Day I Visited the Domus Sanctae Marthae

Domus Sanctae Marthae

“Why yes [eyelids fluttering], I’ve been to the Pope’s new home….”  And I’ve got photos!Here's how it happened:  Some years ago, I was leading a group of Catholic business leaders to Rome and almost to Poland.  (I say “almost” because I broke my foot on the cobblestones in Rome and had to fly home—and I will likely die without ever having visited the birthplace of Blessed JPII.)To help with the Poland portion of the trip, we enlisted a young Polish Dominican, Fr. Wojciech Giertych.  I had … [Read more...]

This Holy Week, Travel to Calvary and Beyond—With “The Cross and the Light”

cross and light

For just one week, the stage at Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will be transformed into the hills and dusty roads near Jerusalem, as “The Cross and the Light” is performed live each day from Palm Sunday through Easter.The acclaimed musical dramatization of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection is the creation of executive producer Kelly Nieto.  The first half of the program, titled “The Living Stations of the Cross”, was produced first at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in … [Read more...]

La Verna: St. Francis’ Hilltop Home-Away-From-Home

All the bells summon the monks to prayer.

St. Francis, after whom our new pope is named, is most often associated with the Italian village  of Assisi.  And fair enough:  Assisi was home base for Francis and the other monks of the Order of Friars Minor.Sometimes, though, he just needed to get away.  That’s what happened when, in August 1224, Francis withdrew to La Verna, about a day’s walk away, for an extended 40-day period of prayer and fasting.Pope Francis has invited the monks of La Verna to attend his inaugural Mass tomorrow … [Read more...]