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.
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!
Thank you, Lord, for this day.