There is a beautiful though modern art piece which hangs over the central altar at the Benedictine Abbey of St Gregory the Great, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. As with all art in order to be formed by it, to be educated by it, you have to listen in silence. Now some art is vacuous. This piece […]
“That Thou wouldst please to give and preserve the fruits of the earth…we beseech Thee hear us.” “Bless, O Lord, Almighty God, this land; may health and purity, goodness and meekness, and every virtue reign here.” Today we had the blessing of agriculture using the Latin prayers (with a English translation provided for some). Two […]
Today, May 7, Marek Czarnecki, a well skilled in iconography, from Meriden, Connecticut, gave a presentation on the Iconography of the Mother of God. The presentation was given as part of the Knights of Columbus Museum’s webinar series. Scholars have classified over 600 distinct prototypes for icons of the Mother of God. How can […]
I am sure the turtle appreciated the fresh air and sun. But that’s not excuse for breaking the Italian State’s restrictions. The turtle’s owner, however, now supports the Roman state with the $440 fine for breaking the coronavirus restrictions for taking her turtle for a walk. “The 60-year-old woman was caught outside her home without a […]
Interesting news for the Byzantine world! ” Archaeological experts from the University of Alicante in Spain have recently identified the first Byzantine monastery ever found on the Iberian peninsula,” located in the area of Elda, Alicante. Read the story.
The vocation of a Benedictine is to seek God. We seek God in the ordinary circumstances of life. Turning the idea around some say God searches, too. What does it mean when we say that God searches the innermost depths of the heart? Nothing is hidden from God. Before any of us ever settles into […]
Today we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Son of God, Son of Mary. The Prince of Peace. In an era of great confusion and unrest due to natural disasters, presence of refugees, political and religious distractions, our celebration of the birth of the Lord hopefully will re-focus our attention on the […]
“Work is a good thing for man – a good thing for his humanity – because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes ‘more a human being’.” Laborem Exercens (1981) St. John Paul II […]
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!!! We had brunch today in Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook. Lauren was away on holiday. A beautiful day with the 3 of us. Blessings, Mom and Dad.
Don Gius’ first recorded mention of St. Riccardo Pampuri: «But excuse me», he says, «devotion to the saints has a special meaning because they are contemporary: they remind us that the mystery of Christ is present to us. And the life of Saint Pampuri is impressive in its absolute simplicity, like that of a farmer, […]