Something to Remember the Casa

For the past three years I’ve lived in Casa Santa Maria, the house for American priests studying in Rome. The building is older than the United States of America, having been a convent for a couple of centuries before it became first the American seminary and then the residence for priests doing post-graduate studies.

In our beautiful chapel here (various photos here, here, and here), there is the special image of Our Lady of Humility in an illuminated shrine in the high altar. It is beloved by us all and I know that I will miss praying there before it. But fortunately I was able to get a print of it to bring back home. And since custom framing here is generally cheaper than at home, and they have a better selection of high-quality baroque-type frames (“if it’s not baroque, then fix it!”), I figured I should do that also before I left. I’m very pleased with how it came out:

I’ve used this framer on several occasions and have always been pleased with the results. But this time I was particularly impressed with a detail they included. Normally on the back of the frames they put a standard brown framing paper. But look what they used for this image:

If you look closely it’s the fleur-de-lis, which is a tradition marian symbol. Very nice touch.

I’m looking forward to finding the right place to hang this important image in the rectory or office at St. Barnabas. And here’s hoping that it makes it across the Atlantic without any damage! With that said, back to packing…

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