Pope Marries Cohabiting Couples? No News Here, Folks!

Newly married couples watch as Pope Francis leads general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

All week, I've been reading that Pope Francis plans to marry 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica this weekend--and that some of them are cohabiting (oh my!)--and some even (horrors!) have children.Good gracious! There is an undercurrent of insinuation, that once again Francis is breaking the rules of the Church, striking a new chord, changing the "business as usual" approach of his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II.Here, just look at the breathless expectancy in this lede from t … [Read more...]

The Body and Blood of Christ. Really. Just Think of That!

The Feasts

I have been lost in a book this week--thoroughly enjoying Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina's The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics.As a participant on their blog tour, I was asked to write about the Solemnity of the Body and Blood--and I'm only too happy to share this book with you.  In fact, I've written about Corpus Christi often before.  The feast is celebrated around the world in so many ways.Here at Seasons of Grace, I've offered readers the opportunity each y … [Read more...]

How Did Florence’s Medieval Builders Construct the World’s Biggest Dome?

Florence - Duomo

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (in English, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Flower) is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Florence, in Italy.  Constructed in the 14th century, it replaced a fifth-century church on the same spot which was crumbling with age.The Basilica, with its tall Baptistery of St. John adjacent to the main church, is one of the world's largest houses of worship.  Particularly noteworthy is its Duomo (Dome), which was for centuries the largest dome in the wo … [Read more...]


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