Category Archives: On the road

ROME 2 – Day 1: Exorcisms, guts, and Roman altars

The pilgrimage group having dispersed in Venice, we made our way to Lake Garda simply to rest up and have a nice view. That was gloriously accomplished. Now it’s time for the third phase. I headed back to Rome for … Continue reading

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“Be Thou unto us, O Lord, a help when we go forward, a comfort by the way…”

As it is the Feast of Raphael the Archangel in the older, traditional Roman calendar, I’ll share something I wrote for the UK’s best Catholic weekly… also, I’m traveling today, back to Rome after a nice rest at Lake Garda.
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Venice Days 2-3: Bones, fabrics and views

A few more images of Venice before transitioning to another place.

From the vaporetto on the way out to San Giorgio Maggiore, a view of Santa Maria della Salute.

Over the door of the church you still find the … Continue reading

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Venice – Day 1-2: Of Mark and Mud-bugs

This improbable place never ceases to amaze.
St. Mark’s Square, which at about noon today will start to fill up with water.  Raised sidewalks of metal scaffolding will be set up for people to file along.  In this age of selfies, … Continue reading

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Florence – Day 5-7: Red meat and musea

Welcome to Florence.

Giotto’s bell tower.  The hotel is very close so I can hear the bells clearly.

The new Museum of the Duomo is open and it is stunning.  After a few hours in this exquisite museum I understand much better … Continue reading

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Rome-Assisi – Day 4-5: Francis, Prayer and Exile

This is what is in the window of Gammarelli right now.  You can tell that they are getting ready for a consistory.

Off to Assisi.  First stop, Santa Maria degli Angeli and a visit to the little Porziuncula church.
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Day 2-3: books and beauty

A quick shot from yesterday evening as I headed to the Vatican Museum to meet the group for the private visit.

One of the most important statues in the history of Western art.

And another one.

And then there’s this thing.

Afterward, off to … Continue reading

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Rome Days 1-2: Of clams and griffons

I’ve been on the move since I got here with a large group of people.
A shot from last nights supper. About all I was able to manage was a place of veg.

Today I stopped at the shop where my chalice … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Long Trip Edition

I’m on my way for what’ll be a fairly long Italian sojourn, to include two pilgrimages.

Happily Hurricane Matthew has started out too sea, so it sseems he…she… it won’t be a factor today.
Remember when hurricanes were all female?  When did … Continue reading

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CHICAGO: 26 September – Essential Debate Day FOOD Edition!

I am in Chicago.  More exactly, I am in Park Ridge, the city where the worst of the presidential candidates grew up!  I will be here tonight and will watch the first presidential debate with friends.
There will be cooking.  There … Continue reading

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UPDATE Road Warrior Tips: Cheaper data abroad (KeepGo) and soft landings

UPDATE 7 October 2016
Some of you have availed yourselves of getting a KeepGo through the link I provided, below.   Thanks!  I have received some additional data. HERE
I was very satisfied with how my KeepGo kept me connected in both Rome and … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: escape from humidity edition

Off I go again.

We are in the wretched boarding phase, during which everyone in an aisle seat is reduced to a meat turnstile by those who have no sense either of their depth and girth as augmented by packs and … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Inertia Edition

Inertia describes the tendency of bodies to resist a change in motion unless acted upon by outside forces.  Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion while bodies at rest tend to stay at rest unless moved by some influence. … Continue reading

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27 July: Canon Law Conference – Speculum Iustitiae

The Speculum Iustitiae conference continues today.  You will recognize the title as being that given to Mary in her beautiful litany.

It is encouraging that beautiful churches can be built still today in beautiful places.
As Mass closed yesterday, Cardinal Burke on his … Continue reading

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26 July: Canon Law Conference – Speculum Iustitiae

To begin, for the readers of the Fishwrap, I’ll lead off with this.

Buy this book now… HERE (UK HERE).
And now the real thing.

Each summer, His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke organizes a conference for canon and civil lawyers.  The presentations are … Continue reading

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