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"One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting."
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I’m off! It is nice to have visual verification that your bag is going with you. I was in a bit of a hurry at the end of packing. I had carefully put out everything that had to go, except … Continue reading
Because I was travelling, I was not on air much. I did make a contact via Echolink with Father KD8ZFF. I made a non-radio contact with Father F5SNJ in Rome, Fr. William Barker, FSSP. We are working on a couple projects. … Continue reading
I’m on my way to FCO from ORY. This afternoon, Mass at SS. Trinità and then a serious Roman supper. Then the work begins. UPDATE: Arrived. Traffic was chaos at the Porta Capena and there is a demonstration at … Continue reading
UPDATE: Check the comments for a Ham Radio comment. I’m off to do some research on a couple topics. It’s sort of weird to have been 19/52 on the upgrade list. But the plane is jammed with roadwarriors. I don’t … Continue reading
I am on the ground at FCO. On the way down we had some splendid mountains and at the end a nice view of the ruins of ancient Ostia. Alas I didn’t have my camera ready early enough for a … Continue reading
At the Mail online there are some spectacular wide-angle photos straight up at the ceilings of some Roman churches. Here is one. These churches are expressions of identity. They express who Catholics believed they were and who they believed the Church … Continue reading
This morning the group went off to the Audience and some time in the Museum, both of which I passed. On my way to meet a priest friend at Gammarelli I stopped at Sant’Eustachio. Just a nice view, inside a … Continue reading
John Sonnen, who is from my native place, lived in Rome for a long time and was a tour guide there. He is also staunchly traditional. He now has a tour company that will be doing a pilgrimage to Rome … Continue reading
Some last errands before I leave Rome. I went to a Vatican “Bank” ATM to check on the status of my account, which I have maintained since the 80’s. I spent time in the Augustinianum library today. It is the … Continue reading
This caught my eye. From my email: Announcement of Competition: Latin, Greek and Humanities at the Academy Vivarium Novum in Rome – Italy Academic year 2014-2015 The Academy Vivarium Novum is offering ten full tuition scholarships for high school students … Continue reading
We headed down to the hated Stazione Termini this morning. I get a shiver when I got there, after the years of daily commuting. I rather miss the clackety clack of the flipping cards on the departure and arrival sign, … Continue reading
We had a late start today, which was welcome. Mass at S Maria della Scala. the sacristy situation was … just as Roman sacristies usually are, especially in the hands of religious. Any one who has lived here knows exactly … Continue reading
I am just hanging out without controversy swamp fever. Sometimes I just need to breathe. Coffee at Sant’Eustachio with some folks who wanted to go. I stepped outside to let them finish and ran into Card. Zen. A great man. … Continue reading
I got settled in safely and soundly this morning and, for lunch, had caprese. Later in the afternoon I said Mass at the tomb of St. Philip Neri in the Chiesa Nuova. I will say Mass for the intention of … Continue reading