St. Frances of Rome, Patroness of Rome and Heavy Traffic!

St. Frances of Rome

O God, who have given to us in Saint Frances of Rome a singular model of both married and monastic life, grant us perseverance in your service, that in every circumstance of life we may see and follow you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. -- Collect from today's MassToday is the feastday of Saint Frances of Rome, particularly beloved by me because she was a wife and mother who lived monasticism … [Read more...]

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The Heavy Grace of Confession

The confessional above is, as indicated, from Santa Sabina; for some reason, my husband--who I do believe tried to photograph every inch of Rome--did not manage to get a picture of the confessionals at St. John Lateran, the "Cathedral of Rome."Possibly his own sense of discretion prevented a snapshot, because while we were there the confessionals were constantly in use, just on the other side of the magnificent nave full of huge representations of the apostles:I was one who made a … [Read more...]

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In Madrid, Pre-Roma – UPDATED

Our trip to Rome began with a layover in Madrid (frequent flier miles, remember!) that was so long we extended it to about 23 hours, and saw a little of that beautiful city. We're not sure what this building is, but we liked it:At Plaza Mayor, my husband took his favorite sorts of pictures: doorways, windows, patterns...I admit, I like this stuff, too:Then we walked through the narrow medieval streets until we reached a restaurant called Botin, which is in the record … [Read more...]

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Basilica Santa Sabina and Saint Dominic

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Okay, I'll be writing about Rome, and posting pictures for a while--my husband took over 1,000 pictures, thank you, digital cameras!On Saturday, after a great deal of nagging from Sr. Mary Catharine, over at Moniales OP, we finally made our way slightly off the beaten path, to the Aventine hill and the very old, very lovely Basilica de Santa Sabina, whose erection began in 422 AD, which I've updated with a few more pictures:Rome is everywhere beauty, sometimes grand, and sometimes … [Read more...]

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