Tag Archives: Ex Votos

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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Prayer for Lighting a Candle

Last night when I went into the chapel the sanctuary lamp was about to burn out. So I went and got a new candle for it. I was surprised to see the prayer that was printed on the outside of … Continue reading

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Mixed Media Mary

Here is a locally-popular image of the Blessed Mother – enshrined in the wall above the high altar – in the main church of the town of Rocca di Papa, across the lake from Castel Gandolfo. It is fairly small, … Continue reading

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The St. Peregrine That We Know

While out and about after my class this afternoon, I stumbled upon a chapel dedicated to the St. Peregrine that we are most familiar with – not that “other one” that I posted about recently! As usual, it was rather … Continue reading

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Crazy Catholics Celebrate Chair!

Today, February 22nd, is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. A chair!? At first – and especially to outsiders – this feast might seem like the ultimate in Catholic esoterica. But when we drill into the meaning of … Continue reading

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Ex Votos and Double Negatives

I was having a geeky discussion with a friend and colleague this morning about double negatives. In some languages, such as Italian and Spanish, they exist and are quite normal and correct for expressing something in the negative (for example, … Continue reading

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