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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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In Rome the Sunrise was at 7:27. Sunset will be at 18:22. Ave Maria at 18:30, this time. See? For the Sunday, the pastor at Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini asked me if I would be celebrant for the principle Mass. … Read More
Sunrise – 7:14, Colors – 18:40, Ave Maria 19:00. Rome is truly “crazy town” right now. Over at Santa Maria in Transpontina there is a display, with people stationed to offer help to the curious, of what (they hope) the … Read More
Today I ran lots of little errands. Included in the errands was a stop at Barbiconi to order up a new thurible and boat for the TMSM, especially for my use and for the bishop’s Masses. I’ve been having terrible shoulder … Read More
Castra moventur. That shot just about sums up preparation for the transfer to a new statio. And here’s a statio on the way to the statio. A nice outdoor lunch. With hedges of blooming jasmine. Some lavender. And even artichokes. … Read More
If I am of an early morning out and about, my standard “large” Roman breakfast… Things you see when walking about. Lovely little neighborhood Marian shrines. People take care of them. I really enjoy the old “don’t be a litter … Read More
I’ve been struggling with moving photos around and with wifi, so posting is a little tricky at the moment. Anyway, some shots. A wide angle view of our lunch spot from yesterday. I had rabbit for my second, but here’s … Read More
I am in New York for a few days as the guest of a member of the Constantian Order of St George for their investiture, to see an opera, and have some R&R in the galleries of the Met. I’ll … Read More
Day 2 was marvelous. It was sunny and not too hot, with a good breeze I went back to the Met and throughly explored the John Singer Sargent exhibit. Th day before I had walked through quickly, tailing a curator … Read More
Long time readers here have seen my shots of Christological Goldfinches from Medieval and Renaissance paintings and statues snapped during my museum visits. Here is a detail from one I shot in the Louvre a while back by the Master of … Read More
This morning took me to the Chicago Art Institute. I was especially keep to see some Impressionists, but I started in chronological order in European paintings. This is interesting. Here is something by Matteo di Giovanni (+1495), part of a … Read More
Thus begins my last full day on the road. Yesterday we were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here is a nice little Sienese Madonna and Child by a favorite of mine, Sano di Pietro (+1481). I’m thinking his workshop … Read More
I am just hanging out without controversy swamp fever. Sometimes I just need to breathe. Coffee at Sant’Eustachio with some folks who wanted to go. I stepped outside to let them finish and ran into Card. Zen. A great man. … Read More
I’m enjoying some time at The Cloisters with a friend. In honor of a priest who has disparaged my posts about birds, I add this edition. Behold a priests chasuble from Venice of the late 15th to early 16th century. … Read More
I have written of owls before. I once shared a winter encounter I had with a Great Gray, seared into my mind’s eye. I also shared photos of the old “Owl Room”, the guest room, at the legendary Sabine Farm … Read More
I am in Detroit! I just finished giving talks on sacred art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, a great museum. Now that I can visit a gallery, I noticed a splendid Christological Goldfinch! Here is a painting by Benozzo … Read More
A reader sent me a link to an article at The Mail about a newly discovered mosaic floor of a 1500 year-old Byzantine church some 30 miles south of Tel Aviv, Israel. There are lots of photos available, but here is … Read More
A reader asked about “Ray”. “Ray” is every Cardinal (the member of the finch family) who has occasionally appeared on these electronic pages. Since I moved from the Sabine Farm to the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue, I have not … Read More
At the Met in NYC you will see a Madonna and Child with Sts Philip and Agnes. Herein is our little Savior with His Christological Goldfinch. Those of you who are new here may wonder what in creation I am … Read More
I am at the Detroit Institute of Art for the day. After the court decision, some of the art here will surely be sold off. Ah the fruit of the decades long efforts of liberal democrats! In any event… This … Read More