Friday, May 21, 2010

Touring Ancient Rome on Foot

by Steve Ray on May 21, 2010

Great day, sore feet, much learned, very spiritual, Colosseum, ancient churches, historty and love for our Catholic truth and faith, delicious food, delicious words, much accomplished.

We started out with Mass at St. Peter in Chains. His chains from Jerusalem and Rome were miraculously fused together. Here also sits the majestic Moses carved by Michelangelo.

Then to Church of Santa Maria Minerva and the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena and a statue of Christ by Michelangelo.

Then to the Church of St. Ignatius with the statue I love of St. Ignatius Loyola crushing Protestant heresy by stepping on the head of Martin Luther. Beautiful church!

Then to the Pantheon where men first thought they could become gods, right before God became man. We finished with a tour of one of our favorite churches — San Agostino (St. Augustine). Here are the bones of Monica, a gorgeous painting by Caravaggio, “Isaiah” by Raphael, the statue of our Lady of Problem Pregnancies, and more.

A good dinner, crashing into bed and ready for Mass tomorrow at St. Peters!

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Gorgeous St. John Laterans in Rome

by Steve Ray on May 21, 2010

Since we are here today, I thought I would allow you to join us with this fantastic, interactive, surround photo/video.

This is St. John Lateran Church in Rome. It houses the Chair of Peter and is the Mother Church of the World.

Enjoy! Click here.



Bishops do the Right Thing (finally)

by Steve Ray on May 21, 2010

US bishops withdraw from coalition that backs Kagan for Supreme Court
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has withdrawn its membership in the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations.