Authentically Looking at the Human Person III: A Real Reformation

We – or maybe I should say “I” – have been reflecting upon the way that we see other people as people.  One of the flaws underlying the mainstream culture is a confusion regarding who we are as human beings. Continue reading “Authentically Looking at the Human Person III: A Real Reformation”

Your Will Be Done

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The Basilica of the Visitation where the relics of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantel are housed and venerated.

The last few weeks have provided some real opportunities to be in some very holy places (the Basilica of the Visitation, for example) in the footsteps of some very holy people such as St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantel. What a treat it has been, and it really has become clear that the various places that we visit, especially where the saints have trod (in significant and not-so-significant ways), the Faith in these places takes on a certain flavor of the saints. For example, nearly every Church in Rome (it seems) has 3 required statues/images/side chapels: Our Lady and Sts. Peter and Paul. They are EVERYWHERE! In and around Assisi, it’s Sts. Francis and Clare.  Siena (proudly) has St. Catherine and St. Bernadine of Siena.  Venice has Sts. Mark, Lucy, and (allegedly) hundreds of others that they “saved” from the Muslims during the Crusades…that’s another story for another time.  Annecy, France has St. Frances de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantel.  There’s a real (authentic) pride about having the relics of the saints in “your” Church and/or in your home town, and they are (or at least can be) a real source of inspiration for the faithful, by means of their lives, their teachings, and their witness to Jesus Christ in the world.   Continue reading “Your Will Be Done”

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

Don the cassock and grab the ticket. Take the 35-minute walk in the cool of the morning through the peaceful streets of Rome. After passing through security, receive the good-morning salute from the Swiss guards, and head in the back door of St. Peter’s Basilica. From there, it’s an empty basilica with Morning Prayer said quietly before the tomb of St. John Paul II with only a few priests around. Continue reading “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!”