Abram and Lot Part

We read at Holy Mass today from Genesis, about how a separation occurred. Lot went one way, to the Jordan Plain. Then God made a prodigious promise to Abram. Today, we, too, say farewell to each other, dear Roanoke–like Lot and Abram. The Lord has apportioned to me the fruitful plains to the south. Actually, […]

Snowfall in August

Devoted readers know that we have often referred to the Roman basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, St. Mary Major. Some of us visited this beautiful church last fall. The location for the Roman basilica of Our Lady was determined by a small patch of snowfall which occurred in the heat of Roman summer. Fr. Zuhlsdorf […]

Red-Rose-City Memory & All-Star Week

Across the street from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., there is a seminary. My mother grew up with a beloved pastor at her hometown church. When he died in 1997, we went to Lancaster for the funeral. The pastor’s best friend taught at the seminary across from F&M. He preached the funeral. One […]

Hello, St. Jerome

When I was in the Holy Land in February, we visited the cave in Bethlehem where St. Jerome spent years translating the Holy Scriptures. The cave is just a few yards from the grotto of the Nativity of Christ. St. Jerome was originally laid to rest in a little chapel in his cave in Bethlehem. […]

All Roads Lead to…

Greetings to you from the neighborhood of Santa Maria Maggiore. After an afternoon stop in Orvieto, we have arrived in Rome. We had a beautiful morning in Assisi to bid a bittersweet goodbye to Sts. Francis and Clare. Yours truly took advantage of the nearby friary full of Franciscan priests, and I went to Confession. […]