I am in Chicago… well… north of Chicago.
Yesterday, I visited for the first time the campus of Mundelein Seminary, the University of St. Mary of (by?) the Lake. As part of the visit I was able to see some of their treasures in their library vault. Card. Mundelein was, as many people were back in the day, a great collector of signatures of famous people. The collection is in the library of the seminary. Among the treasures are handwritten letters of many saints and secular figures. Here are a few of the saintly signatures I saw.
First, St. Teresa of Avila:
And because there are lots of trade reading the blog, and fans of Dominicans, St. Pope Pius V. Enjoy and imagine what that “nel suo pristino stato” might refer to.
And here is the great St. Robert Bellarmine.
There was also a letter from St. Julianna Falconieri to her sister, to which she actually affixed one of her teeth. Yes… teeth. I didn’t get to read the letter, so I don’t know the back story on that. I don’t think she thought that her sister was the… you know….