One of our stops in France was in the mountaintop village of La Salette, near Grenoble. This was the location of the 1846 Marian apparition. (More on this Marian shrine in a future post.)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
View of the Tigullio Gulf from the balcony of my hotel room.
Passing an open window into the kitchen of a restaurant, I couldn't resist taking a picture. As I asked the chef if I could the other two readily jumped in and posed for the camera.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Main altar of the monastery chapel.
Another common question: Why aren't you cloistered? When St. Teresa reformed the Friars, with the help of St. John of the Cross, she didn't want us cloistered so that we would be available to serve the Church and our Carmelite sisters.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I was blessed to celebrate Mass here on one of the side altars. It was an especially interesting experience because of the continuous loud hum of talking people which sounded lake waves of the ocean permeating the Basilica.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The birthplace of Benedict and Scholastica - now the crypt of the Basilica. We were blessed to be given a tour by Fr. Cassian, the American Prior (Superior) of the recently founded Monastero di San Benedetto.
Gate out of Norcia.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
St. Francis (1182-1226) was the founder of the Friars Minor (now known as the Franciscans). With St. Clare as the first member, he also founded the Poor Clare Nuns. Francis called his followers to a life of simplicity, poverty and humility before God. He also taught a strong respect and appreciation for nature since he knew this would lead to God.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
An early morning view from my hotel room.
View of the cloister of the Basilica of St. Francis at midday.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
St. Padre Pio was a humble Capuchin (Franciscan) Friar whose reputation for holiness brought him great and unwanted attention during his lifetime (1887 - 1968). In the usual process of canonization for sainthood in the Catholic Church, the body of the candidate for canonization is exhumed and examined for various reasons. As occasionally happens, his body was found miraculously preserved and only slightly decomposed. In 2008, the holy relic was placed on display for veneration by the Faithful.
The incorrupt body of St. Padre Pio.
The original chapel at Our Lady of Grace Monastery where St. Padre Pio celebrated Mass and heard confessions.
The new Basilica built next to the monastery to accomodate the thousands of pilgrims who visit San Giovanni Rotondo.
The interior of the new Basilica.