ROME 22/10 – Day 13: Do not despair!

It was the Feast of St. Edward the Confessor in the Vetus Ordo of the Roman Rite, that bastion against nonsense. We would have seen the sunrise at 7:18 had it not been cloudy and raining. Would we see the sunset at 18:34? Rain or not, we wouldn’t hear the Ave Maria ring except in one place that I know of, at 18:45.

It was the 60th anniversary of the 1st full day of the Second Vatican Council.  We are called to reflect on the great fruits that that Council produced and is still producing.  Enjoy the springtime.

Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini is so tranquil in the morning before sunrise.  The magnificent Reni seems to have its own internal light source.

I had a walk yesterday.  Must keep moving.  Just a couple of views for now.

I spotted a couple of old chalices in an antique store.

I think this one is 17th c.

S. Salvatore in Lauro is jammed with so much stuff that it is among the more erratic and distracting church interiors in Rome, every side altar location being used to display something.  Annoying.  Mind you, the stuff is great.  It’s just… cluttering.  Too much of a good thing is too much, I’m afraid, and those altars are ALTARS, not shelves for display objects even if they are sacred things.   St. Pio stuff….

In a byway…

Black to move and win material.

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  1. acardnal says:

    Nihil Desperandum.

    Wise words in these days.

  2. hwriggles4 says:

    One of your walks you mentioned you didn’t see as many cats in the common areas of the streets. The cats probably found where the fish market is located and are hanging out within walking distance. Great place for raiding trash cans ! I have one cat who was a stray and since he does like Italian cooking I wouldn’t be surprised if he frequently raided garbage cans behind an Italian restaurant.

  3. Kentucky Gent says:

    I like 1…Qe8, hitting the rook on a4, followed by 2…Rxe3.

    1…Qe8 2.Rxa5 Rxe3 3.Rxe3 Qxe3 with check, so White doesn’t have time to pick up the bishop on d6

  4. mweidlick says:

    While I sit here reflecting on the Fruits of the Council and “enjoying” the Springtime, I suddenly wake up and feel a chill. It’s Fall and a hard frost is forecast for tomorrow. It was all a dream, but why does it feel like a nightmare?

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