Br Michael Anthony


The SQUARE is a monumental elliptical space, the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who laid it out during the pontificates of Alexander VII and of Clement IX (1657-1667).
Colonnades & 140 Statues. The Colonnades consist of 284 Doric columns and 88 pilasters of travertine marble. These columns, 60 ft. tall, are arranged in four rows. With the trabeation surmounted by a balustrade, the overall height is 21m.
The fountain on the right is the work of Carlo Maderno (1613). Bernini, who designed the square, had it erected where it now stands, and for purposes of symmetry built the fountain on the left (1675).
The obelisk from Egypt (1835 BC), was brought to Rome in 37 BC by Emperor Caligula for his circus. It became the witness of martyrdom of St. Peter and other Christians. Sixtus V had Fontana move it to its current position in 1586.
Centro del Colonnato
Between the obelisk and each fountain are white marble discs with a granite center, which mark the centers of each colonnade. Standing on the disc, you will see only the fist row of columns. Sundial Markers, From the obelisk toward the fountain on the right, are white marble discs used as sundial markers for the obelisk. Two dates are inscribed on each disc to indicate when the noon shadow of the obelisk will reach this spot. There are also four discs showing the points of the compass as 'winds'.
This fabulous piazza, that the obelisk in its center, is in fact a gnomon for a giant sundial. Examine the markings on the ground when the sun casts its shadow and you can tell the time and in which equinox.
Papal Water Fountain,
Just outside the colonnade, against the passetto wall, is the fountain of the four tiaras. Or you could just use one of the four fountains around the obelisk.
John Paul II Shot Here, A small red porphyry stone in the pavement of the square, marks the spot where Pope John Paul II was shot on May 13, 1981.
The Papal Apartment occupies the top floor of the Apostolic Palace. The top two right windows are the study and bedroom of the pope. On Sundays at noon, the pope usually appears at the second window from the right to pray the Angelus and bless the crowd in the Square.
Statues of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome, were ordered by Pope Pius IX (9th) to replace the existing smaller ones. both statues were sculpted in 1838-40 and stand over 18 feet in height, on pedestals measuring over 16 feet high.
Arch of the Bells Entrance
Swiss Guards at this entrance will let you pass if you have business in the Vatican, or if you have reservations for the Scavi tour. Above this arch are the bells of St. Peter's, the largest with a diameter of 2.5m.
Loggia of the Blessings, It's from here that the new pope is announced with "Habemus Papam", and gives the "Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and the world) blessing. The relief below the balcony, by Buonvicino (1614), is of Jesus handing St. Peter the keys.
The Clocks' on each side of the front of the basilica Giuseppe Valadier designed these two clocks from 1786-1790. The one on the left, showing Rome time, is called the Italian clock. The one on the right, with one hand to show European mean time, is called the Oltramontano clock.
Obelisk Marker, If you book the Scavi tour under St. Peter's, you'll see the spot where the obelisk stood from the time of Caligula until it was moved into the square in 1586.
The pope HAS BEEN defended by them Since the fifteenth century. Although they mostly perform ceremonial functions, the Guards are skilled soldiers in the Swiss Army, highly trained in security operations, who are sent to the Vatican and are committed to the pope’s protection. There are approximately 130 men in the military unit. Their motto is “Fiercely and Faithfully” and refers to their defense of the pope.
Statues on the Facade, Surmounting the balustrade you'll find Christ the Redeemer, St. John the Baptist and 11 Apostles. From the left: St. Thadeus, St. Matthew, St. Philip, St. Thomas, St. James the Greater, St. John the Baptist, The Redeemer, St. Andrew, St. John the Evangelist, St. James the Lesser, St. Bartholomew, St. Simeon, St. Matthias.
Sistine Chapel, The roof of the Sistine is visible from St. Peter's Square. It's from here that the famous white smoke announcing a new pope is seen. Access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is a 15 min. walk (north) around the Vatican walls.
Thank you John C. for the video and narration.

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen - "A Catholic Catechism"

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Originally Broadcast in 1953.

Matthew Chapter 25:35/40

The Angelic Salutation, Hail Mary, or Ave Maria (Latin) is a traditional biblical Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Hail Mary is used within the Catholic Church, and it forms the basis of the Rosary. The prayer is also used by some Anglicans as well as by many other groups within the Western Catholic tradition of Christianity. A somewhat different form of the prayer that omits the explicit request for intercession is used in the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches and other groups of Eastern Christianity. Some Protestant denominations, such as Lutherans, also make use of some form of the prayer. Most of the text of the Hail Mary can be found within the Gospel of Luke.

Fr. Charles speaks to the vow of conversatio.

"For Trappists, there is beauty in death because it is treated as a natural part of life. That is why Trappists do not try to hide what happens to the body at death or interfere with the natural process of returning it to the earth." - Trappist Caskets website

Originally broadcast in 1953

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen - "A Catholic Catechism"

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Dr, Marshall prays in Latin. Please pray with us.

The Lord's Prayer:

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

The Hail Mary:

AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Glory Be:

GLORIA PATRI, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

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This wonderful Catholic cathedral that has been such an important part of the history of France for 850 years. Pictures featured are from the internet news organizations.

Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris on April 15 2019.

Spire of Paris's 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral COLLAPSES as fire ravages historic building with flames erupting through the roof - with Macron lamenting seeing 'part of us burn'

Officials in Paris said at the time a large operation had been launched in an attempt to bring the raging fire under control Pictures from around the city posted on social media showed flames licking up Notre Dame's famous spire The fire was first reported at 5.50pm (GMT) on Monday 15 2019 and the building was evacuated soon afterwards

The spire of Paris's famous Notre Dame cathedral has collapsed after a massive blaze broke out at the cathedral earlier this evening.

Pictures posted on social media showed enormous plumes of smoke billowing into the city's skyline and flames engulfing large sections of the historic building as firefighters struggled to contain the inferno.

According to French newspaper Le Monde, the fire broke out in the attic of the monument before spreading across the roof.

Officials in Paris said the fire could be linked to restoration works as the peak of the church is currently undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project. A spokesperson for the cathedral said the blaze was first reported at 5.50pm (GMT) and the building was evacuated soon after.

French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze and was going to the cathedral himself.

Macron tweeted shortly after the blaze: 'Our Lady of Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thoughts go out to all Catholics and all of France. Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn.'

Macron's pre-recorded speech was set to be aired Monday evening, to lay out his long-awaited answers to the yellow vest crisis that has rocked the country since last November.

Cathedral spokesman Andre Finot told Le Monde: ‘Everything is burning. The frame - which dates to the 19th century on one side and the 13th century on the other – there will be nothing left. ‘

We will have to wait and see whether the vault, which protects the Cathedral, will be touched by the fire on not.’

#NotreDameCathedral #Paris #fire #France

France's 850 year old historic Catholic Cathedral COLLAPSES as fire ravages 15 April 2019.

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Homily given on 4/21/2019.

I found that Father Jonathan's Homily was so will thought out and heartfelt that I wanted to share it here.

Veil of the Blessed Mother.
Second Class Relic.

(We have a small piece of the veil in our Relic Chapel)

The historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France caught fire today, threatening one of the world's most famous and beloved cathedrals. (this was originally posted the same day)

A massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral tore through the historic site this afternoon, forcing evacuations of thousands of tourists and visitors and threatening one of the world's most prominent cathedrals.

The 850+-year-old structure has been undergoing renovations, so the roof of the cathedral is covered with scaffolding. So far, there is no reporting on what caused the fire to break out or whether the fire was related to the restoration work.

Located on an island in the middle of the Siene River, Notre Dame recieves nearly 50,000 visitors a day and is one of France's most cherished historical sites.

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Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris on April 15 2019.

The fire will not be shown in this video but how the Cathedral looked before the horrible event.

The Spire of Paris's 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral COLLAPSED as fire ravaged in this historic building with flames erupting through the roof.

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Originally broadcast in 1953.

Originally broadcast in 1953

The Enchiridion of Augustine by Saint AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (354 - 430)

Read by: Darren L. Slider in English

00:00:00 - 01 - Chapters 1-17
00:25:58 - 02 - Chapters 18-33
00:54:33 - 03 - Chapters 34-53
01:22:18 - 04 - Chapters 54-72 01:48:49 - 05 - Chapters 73-92
02:16:20 - 06 - Chapters 93-110
02:43:45 - 07 - Chapters 111-122

The Enchiridion, Manual, or Handbook of Augustine of Hippo is alternatively titled, 'Faith, Hope, and Love'. The Enchiridion is a compact treatise on Christian piety, written in response to a request by an otherwise unknown person, named Laurentis, shortly after the death of Saint Jerome in 420. It is intended as a model for Christian instruction or catechesis. - As the title indicates, the work is organized according to the three graces necessary for the Christian worship of God: Faith, Hope and Love. Under Faith, Augustine explains the use of the Apostles' Creed, in teaching Christian doctrine and in refuting heresies. Under Hope, he briefly explains the Lord's Prayer as a model of Christian prayer. The final part is a discourse on Christian love. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Originally broadcast 1957.

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Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen - "A Catholic Catechism"

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Forgiving others is a choice - even if we still have negative feelings or are not able to forget an offense. Forgiveness is a decision we will to make. We pray for them, asking God to bless them and make them saints, otherwise our hearts become closed and hardened, blocking God's love and mercy.
Ave Maria!

Bishop Sheen Family Retreat

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Ave Maria
Salve Regina
Ave Regina Coelorum
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Ave Maris Stella
Stabat Mater
Regina Coeli

Introductory Chant:

Olim, olim Deus accelere, hoc saeculum splendidum, accelere fiat venire olim...

Once, long ago God arrived, in this age of brightness, He will come again soon...

Carthusian Office of Vigils-Matins

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Originally ordained in what was once called the low orders as an Acolyte in 1971. I am a religious professed hermit and ordained minister consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary called to a life of silence, solitude, prayer, and penance for the good of the Church and the salvation of the world. Humbly trying to follow the Carthusian Spiritual life as introduced by Saint Bruno: by the strength of the spirit, to live as continually as possible in the light of the love of God for us, made manifest in Christ.