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Walking in the footsteps: Giving Testimony

  Witness to faith Saturday morning, pilgrims walked along the Tiber River and crossed it to reach the church of San Nicola in Carcere.  This church stands over the remains of three ancient temples that stood at the edge of the Forum Holitorium, the vegetable market of the ancient city.  Perhaps at some point, part [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps: God’s Fidelity

First Proclamation of the Nicene Creed The Thursday after the Fourth Sunday of Lent brings us to San Martino ai Monti. Originally a house church, the original structure was built by Saint Sylvester (314-335) and was later dedicated to St. Martin of Tours (317-393) and Pope St. Sylvester. A preparatory meeting for the Council of [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps: In honor of Catechumens

The Patriarchal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls is the largest church in Rome after Saint Peter’s Basilica and is sometimes referred to as the “Ostian Basilica” because of its location along the Ostian Way. The Apostle Paul was brought to Rome as a prisoner and martyred between the years 64 and 67 during [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps: Trusting The Lord’s Word

Choosing Christ Today, to begin the fourth week of our Lenten Station Church Pilgrimage, we journeyed to the church of Santi Quattro Coronati (Four Holy Crowns).  A few blocks from the Coliseum, this church building dates back to the days of Emperor Constantine and was first used as a church around the year 630.  It [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps: in small ways

Binding heaven and earth  Today’s Basilica of St. Mark recalls not only the evangelist Mark, but a holy Pope of the same name who constructed a basilica here in the mid-fourth century.  This was replaced by another basilica in the sixth century and a third in the ninth century.  What we have now is the [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps: Metanoia

Metanoia The station church of Saints Marcellinus and Peter is located between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran at the intersection of two busy streets. These two saints, who are mentioned in Eucharistic Prayer #1 (The Roman Canon), were both beheaded for their faith. This small church no longer holds their remains (they were [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps: Cooperating with God’s will

Cooperating with God’s will Today, the Church celebrates the feast of the Annunciation. Through Mary’s “Yes” to God, the Word became flesh within her womb. Today’s readings at Mass reflect Mary’s perfect cooperation with God’s will that helped bring about the redemption of mankind. The responsorial psalm today is, “Here I am, Lord; I come [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps: Making the ordinary holy

Doing Ordinary tasks with extraordinary love                   The Thursday after the Second Sunday of Lent brings us to Santa Maria in Trastevere. Trastevere (“across the Tiber”) is a beautiful and ancient section of Rome. Its narrow streets and well preserved architecture give it a unique character, setting it apart from the rest of Rome.  One of [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the footsteps: Drinking of the chalice…

Can you drink of the chalice? This morning pilgrims starting from the North American College were blessed with clear skies for a relatively short trek to San Cecilia.  The church, found in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, literally “across the Tiber” from the ancient city of Rome, is located just at the bottom of the Janiculum Hill.  [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Who can you invite?

For one candidate, his journey to the Catholic faith began with a conversation with a Buddhist monk. For a couple expecting their first child, it was the result of hours of conversation about what was missing in their lives and what they wanted to be able to give their child. I knew these two stories and [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the footsteps: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”

Our Roman station church liturgies take us today to the church of St. Balbina. Little is known of this saint, though it is said she was a virgin who died a martyr’s death. Her remains are located under the main altar of this church, which has been in use since the late 4th century A.D. [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps: “Breathing with both lungs”

A Church in Layers One of the delights to be discovered about the city of Rome is its three-dimensionality: the city exists in layers. In a three-thousand-year-old city, it seems that every building is built on top of an older building. In the case of today’s station church, in fact, two older buildings. The current [...] Read the rest of this entry »