Just to get you going… anchovies!
More about this later.
We went to Alberobello, famous for its trulli, these houses of ancient construction with conical stone roofs.
Okay… well this is a plate of sausage, etc., out of order.
We visited one of these houses that was well preserved and then had a lunch outside, cooked by the mother of the man who owns the house.
We visited an olive grove that has some of the oldest of these amazing trees. This one is well over 2000 years old and producing very good fruit. There are some 55 million olive trees just in Puglia. 40 million are centuries old. It is an awesome sight to see mile after mile of olive trees.
This grower has a press going back to ancient Greek, ancient Roman and medieval times in different phases of development side by side.
The family had it’s chapel, of course. Maybe next time we’ll arrange for Mass there.
For our lunch they served a wine that had never been bottled, very rough and ready. It reminded me soooo much of seminary and wine we got there.
Matera, where many movies are being made these days.
We visited a preserved cave house and heard about life: imagine some 10 children, donkey, chickens, pig, everyone in a smallish cave carved out of the mountain side. Just a few 100 sq feet.
In Matera is a church dedicated to the Poor Souls.
I love the pulpit. I want a pulpit like this.
GO TO CONFESSION!
YOU ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!
PRAY FOR THE DEAD!
The cathedral of Matera. This architecture makes my socks roll up and down.
And, pasta with a mudbug.
Today, we visited St. Pio at his shrine.
Then we went on to the magnificent Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel. I would like to spend a couple days.
I prayed for all my cop, LEO, friends and military friends, past and present.
Here our group is visiting a pro-life center in Monopoli which has an incredibly successful model of volunteerism, carrying on over a generation. We visited this local center of Movimento Pro Vita with members of the board of Heartbeat International.
You might say a prayer for them. In June there is a mayoral election. They have their building from the city council. So far, with volunteer work they have kept their overhead to E. 2000 but there have been amazing results including many mothers helped, babies brought to term, abandoned babies rescued, families supported. Their patroness is Mother Theresa! As she worked, so do they: on the fly.
If every town had such a group….
So, today, we went from Padre Pio to the heights of St. Michael back to the depths of a local, coastal pro-life hand-on center… on the Feast of Joseph.
Spiritually packed. And I had a specific intention today, which I think is resolved and resolved just in time. That’s my man JOSEPH.