Rome/Home 22/11 – Day 42: Restoration

In Rome the sunrise was at 6:52.  The sunset will be at 16:55.  The Ave Maria Bell rings, in a better world, at 17:30.  There are only 51 days left in this calendar year.

There are 16 days until Advent.

It is the Feast of St Martin of Tours, whose skull I once held in my hands (+397).

Back in Rome, the lovely painting of St. Gregory the Great that belongs over the his altar in Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini has returned to its place.  It had been out for restoration for some time.  This is/was a privileged, indulgenced altar for the release of souls in Purgatory.

I miss it already.  I would like to return for Holy Week.

I was “stuck” in Brooklyn for a couple of days while Nicole the Hurricane/Tropical Storm passed.   When I say “stuck, I mean with great people and a good priest friend in a comfortable and hospitable place with great vittles and beverages.  Not bad.  However, it was time.

Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance.


Some of the back end of Nicole as she heads north.

It was windy and a bumpy ride brought us safely to the ground.

A priest friend picked me up at the airport and there was this double full arc for a substantial portion of the jaunt.

At my digs at last, I found all pretty much in shape.  There were dead critters to sweep up and dusting to do, but that’s the way it goes.  Even Adam’s fidelity would not have stopped dust.

I found a lot of mail waiting, including my new board, which I will work on today.  I’ve been waiting for this for months.  I was in on this as a kickstart project with a reduced price from the beginning.

WHITE to move.

Welcome to the slaughter house.

Priestly chess players, drop me a line. HERE

NB: I may hold comments with puzzle solutions a little longer than others so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

In this affiliate program I get 50%.  So, chess players, check this guy out.  He helped my game.

And you can help some Dominican sisters.   Remember the Summit Dominicans were making Advent candles?  Well, I think we overwhelmed them and they can’t take any more orders for them.  But Sister wrote to me:

If you wanted something else Catholic to suggest when you repost our link, we have these really lovely Christmas cards this year.  One of our Sisters designed the card from an image of a stained glass window in the Dominican House of Studies in D.C. We sent it out as our community’s Christmas card last year, and ordered a bunch extra so we could offer them for sale. And of course, posting about the soaps and candles is always great. We really appreciate your support :) I can’t believe how many people read your blog!

And you can help your Thanksgiving meal with wine or beer from Benedictine monks in France and Italy.  For the wine, use the code FATHERZ10 for 10% off.

Thank you, Lord, for this day.


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  1. JustaSinner says:

    So the altar at Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini would kind of be THE place to pray for the most forgotten souls in Purgatory? (Third decade of my Rosary always goes to that.)

    [Yes! This would be a very good place for that. And many of the churches in Rome have such an indulgenced altar. I’ve often posted about them in my Rome posts.]

  2. exNOAAman says:

    Quote…”I can’t believe how many people read your blog”
    Worth noting, once in a while.

  3. Adam Piggott says:

    So, pawn to e5 would start the massacre.

    Without going into the blow by blows, at the end black is down a queen, 2 bishops, a knight and a pawn. While white would be without a queen a bishop, a knight and a pawn. As the battle started even stevens, it is white up one bishop.

  4. Gaetano says:

    Sad to hear about the Summit Dominicans.
    They made the best Advent Candles, without question.

    [Mind you… they are making all sorts of other Christmasy things. I believe they just ran out of supplies for the Advent candles and wouldn’t be able to fill orders in time.]

  5. CSSML says:

    One day I hope the indulgenced altars will be reinstated. Along with the indulgences acts in the Raccolta. What a great loss to the holy souls in purgatory.

  6. WVC says:

    I would be very curious to know your thoughts on that Chess board. I’d never heard of it and looked it up, and it looks intriguing. I’ve been looking for something I can use with the kids, and I’m just not a fan of giving them iPads or have them sitting on the computer to play chess. However, most of the “smart” chess boards I’ve run across seem either to be super-cheap made in China junk or not terribly versatile or helpful. Please post some kind of review, after you’ve had time to play with it, to let us know your opinion.

  7. Father K says:

    In his Apostolic Constitution on the Doctrine of Indulgences, January 1, 1967, Pope Paul VI abolished ‘personal, real and local’ indulgences [norm 12].
    In the Italian summary of this Constitution, issued I presume by the Italian Bishops or at least approved by them, states, ‘Thus, what was formerly limited to certain Masses by reason of the altar at which they were celebrated (local privileged altar) or by reason of the priest who celebrated them (personal privileged altar) is now extended to every Mass, no matter where or by whom celebrated.’ [n.6 Italian edition of the ‘Enchiridion of Indulgences’].

  8. gheg says:

    What do you think of the assertion of Fr. Winfrid Herbst, in his 1970 book *New Regulations on Indulgences*, that the abolition of privileged altars by Paul VI means that all altars are now privileged?

  9. gheg says: all altars are now privileged?

    I’d have to see what he wrote in context, understand his argument.

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