Tag Archives: Ex Votos

High Altars and Side Altars: A Matter of Justice

During and following the Second Vatican Council there was an almost-frenetic push to remove or drastically alter the high altars and, as the case may be, side altars in many churches. No authoritative Church document ever called for their removal … Continue reading

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The World-Famous Passion Play in Oberammergau

In August of 2020 I am leading a 10-day trip through Central Europe to, among other things, see the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. The Passion Play has taken place there since the early 17th century, when locals … Continue reading

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Unique Inscriptions

When in Europe — especially, in my experience, in Eastern Europe — it isn’t uncommon to see this or that glorious monument with an inscription on it that has this interesting combination of differently-sized capital letters. The above photo is … Continue reading

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Month of Saint Joseph

March is the month of St. Joseph. I have commented on various occasions about how the Lord, in his providence, seems to cause certain saints to achieve greater prominence at certain points in history. St. Joseph is one of those … Continue reading

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Wayside Chapels

During my recent trip to Wisconsin I was delighted to learn of a wayside chapel near to where I was staying, which was, itself, amidst the rolling farmland — not far from a big city, but very rural. Now usually, … Continue reading

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The Difference of Six Months

Six months ago, almost to the day, I posted about a centrally-located church in Rome that has some devotional paraphernalia for Saint Padre Pio. Here is one of the photos that I shared in that original post: I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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St. Lucy of Syracuse – in Venice

On my recent trip to Venice I stopped in the Church of St. Jeremiah (as in, Old Testament prophet), and there I saw the tomb of St. Lucy of Syracuse (d. 304), whose body is “incorrupt”. I put that word … Continue reading

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Some Answered Prayers

I have a growing collection of photographs of ex votos that I see here and there. I love ex votos and think that you should too. Here are two ex voto plaques that I recently photographed. These are great because they … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Luján

In addition to being a major feast day for the famous Marian Sanctuary of Pompeii, today is also the feast of Argentina’s national patroness, Our Lady of Luján (pronounced “lu-HON”). In the town of Luján, which is about an hour’s … Continue reading

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Visit to St. Catherine on Her Feast

Today is the feast of the great saint, Catherine of Siena, doctor of the Church, and patroness of Europe and of Italy. She was born into a very large family (if memory serves, over 20 children!). Read what Pope Benedict XVI said … Continue reading

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A Marian Saturday in Paris

I have loads of photos to share from my recent travels, but for the time being I’ll just post a few that I took today, as I visited various Marian images in the city of Paris, France. Mass this morning … Continue reading

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Healing at Pompeii

Back in October, as I reported here, I had the opportunity to visit the famous Sanctuary of Our Lady of Rosary in Pompeii, a town that sits in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius (the active volcano), just south of Naples. … Continue reading

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