A Little Light Reading to Enliven Your Lent

Reflections from Rome

I have been smiling my way through Monsignor Richard Soseman's book, Reflections from Rome: Practical Thoughts on Faith and Family.I'm just sorry--so sorry!--that I didn't tell you about it earlier, before Lent began; but you know, it's not too late to add it to your repertoire during this season of reflection and renewal!I first met Monsignor Soseman ("Mons" is his on-line handle) in May 2011, when I was in Rome attending the Vatican Blogfest.  Mons, a priest from the Diocese of Peoria … [Read more...]

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 Is Romance? St. Valentine’s Story

He was a priest in Rome.No, he was a bishop in Interamna (now the region of Terni, Italy).No, he was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.  *     *     *     * There’s a lot of confusion, actually, about St. Valentine, whose feast we celebrate today.The most popular legend places Valentine near Rome in the third century, during the reign of the Emperor Claudius III (nicknamed Claudius the Cruel).  According to the story, Claudius sought to expand the Roman Empire, and so needed … [Read more...]


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