The Traditional (Pre-1917) Advent Fast in the USA

The Traditional (Pre-1917) Advent Fast in the USA That Advent is a penitential season is generally well known, and many also know that it was, traditionally, a season for fasting—although the specifics of the fast are hazy for most modern Catholics, probably because it was removed as an obligation in 1917, effectively befo…

The Basilica of Santa Sabina: Origins and Transformations.

The Basilica of Santa Sabina: Origins and Transformations. The present appearance of the church is that envisioned and materialized by architect Antonio Munoz, who was successively superintendent for monuments and inspector general of antiquities and fine arts of Rome. Munoz’s goal was to restore the basilica to what he believed w…

Saving Catholic Artistic Heritage: Via Matris at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago

Saving Catholic Artistic Heritage: Via Matris at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago "Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease, for the virgin daughter is smitten with a great wound” (Jer 14:17) Pilgrims who visit the Basilica of Our Lady Sorrows and the National Shrine of St. Peregine in Chicago can have a special joy of p…

Altar Statues of the Cathedral of Monreale by Luigi Valadier

Altar Statues of the Cathedral of Monreale by Luigi Valadier For those fortunate enough to find themselves in Rome during the next couple of months, the Villa Borghese hosts, until February 2nd, the exhibition Luigi Valadier: Splendor in eighteenth century Rome . The same spectacular pieces were displayed last year at the Frick Colle…

Teaching Kids the Roman Rite: My Book of the Church's Year

Teaching Kids the Roman Rite: My Book of the Church's Year It brings great joy to know that this wonderful childrens' book has been re-printed and is available in time for Christmas shoppers.  I highly recommend this treasure for kids of all ages.  It was originally published in 1948 and this facsimile edition was published in…