At 07:24 the sun rose and it will set soon at 18:26, not too long before the Ave Maria at 18:45.  It is the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist.

It is important to reflect on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.   Along with the simple giving glory and worship to God, this four-fold complex is the motive for all we do.  We go to Mass because we want to fulfill the virtue of Religion and give God what is His due, which is glory, honor and worship.  However, we go to Mass, and perform works of mercy, strive to live our vocations because we are going to die.  One day we shall go before our Just Judge, the King of Fearful Majesty.  Having the Last Things in our minds every day, even for just a few minutes, is salutary in the deepest sense of the word.  It ought to be a sobering remedy for those who have drifted into the slobbering acquiescence to the other side, the World, the Flesh and the Devil.

Here is a sobering monument in Santa Maria del Popolo.  Above, the image of the man as alive.  Below an image after death.  Above, it says: NEQUE HIC VIVUS.  Below, it says, NEQUE ILLIC MORTUUS.

This is Giovan Battista Gisleni, architect and musician who died in 1672.  “I am neither alive, here, nor am I dead, there.”   The idea is that in this life, we are not yet fully alive, fully whom we are intended to be.  We have to pass through death to get to that.  However, once “there” we are hardly dead, we are alive in the presence of God.”


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  1. maternalView says:

    When I was in Rome I wish I’d taken more food pictures!

    I enjoy all your pictures, Father!

  2. JonPatrick says:

    I amd curious as to what the hot dog shaped things are. Since it looks like a bakery I assume they are some kind of baked good and not a kind of sausage?

    I think about the 4 last things all the time, at age 73 I know I could be called to account at any time. I have been reading a book about the various apparitions that have happened in the late 19th and the 20th centuries, where the Blessed Mother has told us what we need to do to avoid a chastisement, which of course we (as a Church) are ignoring and instead blindly following the world’s bidding. Things are not looking good. Even if we do survive we may wish we hadn’t.

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