Tuesday, July 17, 2007


FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND – “Either the bread turns to flesh and the wine to blood, or it does not; It cannot be so in Rome but not in Canterbury. Either Christ made Peter and his successors the foundation stone of the faith, (placing upon) them all authority in matters spiritual, or He did not; Our Lord did not tell Peter he would have authority over all the world except those parts of Europe which think differently.” – from Iain Pears, “An Instance of Fingerpost”

QUOTE II – “Is it not strange that sheep guts should hail souls from men’s bodies?” – Shakespeare


Renew your passport and save your pennies (all of them). This Rock Magazine has published what they believe should be the “Ten Catholic Places to See Before You Die.”

1. Salzburg, Austria
2. Chartres Cathedral, France
3. Krakow and Czestochowa, Poland
4. Glastonbury, England
5. St. Delclans Well, Ireland
6. The Pope’s Bavaria
7. Compostela, Spain
8. Lindisfarne, England
9. Assisi, Italy
10.Montserrat, Spain

Apparently I’ve got a lot of traveling to do. Here is a picture from one of the few places (#10) that I’ve been on the list.

Carol sent out a wire letting us know about a real cool site for religious art.

Lesley found a web site of Karen Hall, the writer of “Vows”, the story of a Jesuit priest that will air soon on television. Things continue to look hopeful.

If you have an extra second throw an extra prayer my way. I’ve got a job to do Tuesday that would benefit quite a few people if done well (for the glory of God of course.) Know that readers and contributors are always in my intentions.


Anonymous said...

just remember....
'cloak' comes before 'dagger'

Anonymous said...

I pray for you daily but I will say an extra prayer for you at mass tomorrow! Good luck!

Jeffrey Smith said...

Care to hazard a guess on how a list of the ten Catholic places everyone should visit managed to leave Rome out?

paramedicgirl said...

Prayers for you, Father!

Adoro said...

And the Holy Land? It doesn't make the cut? Not Catholic enough? What?

Father, this rosary's for you! :-)

Anonymous said...

The Cenacle is praying for you on Tuesday, Fr. V., as well as a Mass said for you.

Sister Maxine said...

Our Cenacle is also praying for you... they will give you a special blessing if you would like after Mass. Talk with Joan.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you today as well as everyday Father. God bless you. Debbie

Karen said...

Thanks for the plug. I have a lot of terrific photos from my trip to Montserrat on my Flickr page, if you want to do some armchair traveling. In fact, there are photos from all of northern Spain and some good ones of Rome, too.

My Flickr ID is khall356. I think you can search that and find them. If not, let me know (khall356@gmail.com) and I will send you a link.

Karen said...

p.s. There are also a lot of photos of Santiago de Compostela. I spent my last two birthdays there.

Anonymous said...

as the sun runs for the western sky, i pray all went well for you [and US] today.

Fr. V said...

Greetings everyone,

Thanks for you prayers. Short report in the morning coming.

J.S. and Adoro, yes there were some glaring omissions; Rome, Holy Land, Cleveland . . .

Coll Pictures Karen! Thanks. Pray for Karen and her project - what great potemtial to do some good!

Anonymous said...

... and the last time I went to Chartres Cathedral, it was in France.

Anonymous said...

In the article on 10 places to see, she up-frontly states that Rome & the Holy Land, and certain Marian apparition sites, etc., are not on the list because they are 'givens'. Now on the ommission of Cleveland, that is something for which we can castigate her.

Fr. V said...

Richard -

You WOULD be right accept that this was written during the little known Spanish occupation of France. France has once again freed itself and so Chartres is once again located there.

(Thanks. I'll correct it.)

Anonymous said...

Fr. V....thank you for your heart of service....your penance was/is perfect....i sit humbly before the Lord tonight...no complaints, only blessings!