Day 6 – Florence: cells and seminarians

This morning early we went to San Marco, the old Dominican convent with the cells painted by Beato Angelico.

It was great to be there before the hoards arrived. We had the place to our selves.

It is always moving to turn up the stair case and see the Annunciation.


I stood in front of her for about 10 minutes and came to a new conclusion.

We are now on the way to the seminary of the Institute of Christ the King where I will say Mass for the group.










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  1. Phil_NL says:

    The Cantinetta dei Verrazzano in the via del tavolini (sidestreet of the road between the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio) had the most amazing chocolate cake last time I was there. That alone would be reason enough to want to go to Florence, but of course it’s neither the only nor the best one.

    Enjoy, Father!

  2. q7swallows says:

    Please, please, Father: tell us your new conclusion!?
    I am reading Mary of Agreda’s (unabridged) visions and am now at the brink of the Incarnation (already so beyond exquisite that it makes me weep every time I pick it up). So your post is uncanny in its timing. Please, Father?

  3. RidersOnTheStorm says:
  4. benedetta says:

    Beautiful! San Marco is a blessed place.

  5. Mike says:

    Thanks for the great pic! I was year about a year ago, and this brings back a lot of memories.

  6. Jason Keener says:

    Very cool picture. What is your new conclusion? Also, please give us a little report on the Institute of Christ the King’s seminary when you get the chance. Happy Sunday!

  7. John F. Kennedy says:

    Obviously, the “proper” viewing of this painting is from a staircase, rising to it. It is an uplifting image.

    So often, we have seen these paintings but have never seen them in context. Context. Context. Context. How often have we had to fight a battle of a gospel verse take out of context. Similarly we need to understand it’s context too.

  8. jameeka says:

    All these pictures are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your blessings with us.

  9. Darren says:

    Very beautiful pictures. Some day… Some day…

    re: q7swallows says:I am reading Mary of Agreda’s (unabridged) visions
    The unabridged is the only way to go… all 2600+ pages make one of the greatest works I have ever read.

  10. amsjj1002 says:

    ICRSS celebrated the first EF Mass I ever saw (on EWTN September 14, 2009) — it was so beautiful and reverent, it made a *major change* in my life.

    Please let them know that someone in So. Cal. daily asks Blessed John Henry Newman to pray for many spiritual and temporal blessings for the Institute!

  11. Bea says:

    Dare we ask: “What was the new conclusion”?

    To me it seemed that her Fiat opened the stairway to heaven,
    So apropos at the top of the stairs and beyond the door.
    There is only one path up and the doors will open,
    as they opened before this image when she opened her womb to God’s Will.
    So, too, must we open ourselves to God’s Will if we will reach heaven.

  12. slainewe says:

    @ q7swallows and Darren

    Yes! Definitely the UNabridged version of the “Mystical City of God.” The most important parts for me are the instructions Our Lady gives to Venerable Mary (and those reading her) after every chapter. We can share with the author the grace of having the Blessed Virgin Mary as a personal spiritual director.

  13. Lin says:

    re: q7swallows says:I am reading Mary of Agreda’s (unabridged) visions
    And re: Darren says:The unabridged is the only way to go… all 2600+ pages make one of the greatest works I have ever read.
    I read the unabridged first and could not put it down!! I immediately bought the unabridged to get more details!
    Father Z……love your pictures of the Florentine sky and the Duomo! Every time I see pink in the sky, I feel the presence of the Blessed Mother. Will you go to San Giovanni Rotundo or The House of
    Loreto this trip? God bless you and safe travels!

  14. NBW says:

    Fr. Z, your photos are so beautiful! Fra Angelico’s paintings are incredible.

  15. vox borealis says:

    Ah, the seminary at Gricigliano…I’ve been to mass their several times, but not in a few years. They are wonderful hosts.

  16. Priam1184 says:

    Just out of curiosity Father what was your conclusion?

  17. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks for the pic of the stairs and the Annunciation, I loved climbing the stairs and finding the Fra Angelico right in front of me!

  18. RobW says:

    Thanks for all these pics Father…its like we’re taking the tour with you.

  19. q7swallows says:

    Fr. Z, with all the contentions going on at another post right now, I am (and I think there must be others) in need of thoughts above the temporal noise. Would you Please give us at least a hint about your new conclusion or a meditation that serves?

  20. q7swallows says:

    I forgot that it is the dead of night for you right now and that you are limited by a travel schedule and technology issues. But when you can, Father, some of us feel very intellectually/spiritually stone-laden. I am looking for even a crust of bread.

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