Homily for the XXIII Sunday after Pentecost, St. Eugene Cathedral, Santa Rosa, 1:30 pm Mass, Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form.
.This was our last day, and for the many it seemed like an exhausting forced march. I elected to sleep in and take the day slow joining the crew for Mass, lunch and dinner, avoiding the Audience and the Museum. So I took a cab to the Borgo Pio and had a small breakfast at my favorite place. then headed over to where Mass would be passing by the Audience still going on. I passed by the enorous "art" piece that mars the gracious lines of the square. It had some interesting details and was a fitting place for pigeons. Mass was being held in a large barn that goes by the name of Gregory VII. Acoustically it was grand and difficult to sing in. It meant I had to articulate the words and slow the songs down, but it worked. Then we went to Pranzo in a place I had never been before but could quickly become a favorite. At Lunch was Patrick and Nancy Madrid and two of their sons on the pilgrimage, the Bishop and all the priests on the pilgrimage. Theo and Augustine took to their pipes after lunch. As the rest of the pilgrimage headed to the Museum we headed to St. Peter. The line to get in was huge, but we had a bishop with us and were able to get in the Church avoiding the line and finding our way in a back door. After spending time in the Basilica, we took a walk to the river Tiber and then headed to the bus meeting point to attend the final supper at a place in Trastevere.
Assisi: It is difficult to visit Assisi with professional tour guides, when you have been to Assisi many times before. They bring the cultural and religious, I bring the spiritual.
Day started with Mass, then a trip to the Forum; then I left the tour for a bit and headed off to Gammarelli, Pantheon, Pranzo, Trevi, St. Gaspar, Dinner with Joan Lewis, and then back home where I ran into a parishioner from St. Edward that was delighted to see me.
Travel day, all our bags are packed. Ein Kareem, the Birthplace of John the Baptist, a talk from Patrick Madrid, and then head to the airport for the flight to Rome
Upper Room, Dormition Abbey, St. Peter in Gallicantu, Pater Noster Church, Mary Tomb and place of Assumption, Mt of Olives, Gethsemane, Mass at St. Steven where I preached, then took a picture with my bus.
Early day, The Via Dolorosa in the quiet of an early morning, The Holy Sepulchre, Golgotha, Mass, a visit from the Patriarchate, The Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne, and the Western Wall .
Day began with a talk by Patrick Madrid, A visit to the Nativity site, Mass, Standing in a long line for a two second experience with the site, Visit to the site associated with St. Jerome, an Italian Pranzo, and a visit to the shepherd site
Omnia Christus Est Nobis
Christ is everything for us!
I am a Roman Catholic Priest from California. I spent 13 wonderful years years as a member of the Province of the Pacific in the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The outline of my life can be traced here.