A Rarity in Rome

A Rarity in Rome

The Impressionists were French painters, not Italians.  That’s why very few of their paintings are here in Rome.  Most of their work is found today in France (surprise!).

Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia!

Happy Easter!  Today we celebrate the fact that God can always, always do the impossible, and turn what appears to be a total disaster into a fabulous success!  Never doubt that God is in full control, and knows exactly what He is doing… even when we don’t.Sistine Resurrection
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A Good-Friday Miracle: “I Can See!”

St. John the Evangelist, who was present at Christ’s Crucifixion between the two thieves, described what happened to Our Lord’s body after His death:

“Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the Longinus Berninicross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  Continue reading

Holy Week in Rome

Holy Week began with yesterday’s Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.  Complicating things for visitors was the fact that daylight saving’s time began in Italy on the same day–Palm Sunday Vaticanand if they were unaware of that, they arrived an hour late!

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Other Tour Guides Say the Most Amazing Things…

There are hundreds of churches in Rome, most of them containing multiple side-chapels.  And in one of those zillions of side-chapels hangs this lovely Crucifixion by S_Pulzone_Crucifixión_Santa_Maria_in_Valicella_RomaScipione Pulzone (1544-1598).

It’s very pretty, but on Rome’s art-circuit it really doesn’t merit a second glance.  After all, when it comes to Italian sacred art, Rome contains the best of the best! Continue reading