The Healing Rosary

In the Evangelical church in which I was raised, we didn’t hate Catholics, but we thought they were wrong. One of the areas we were convinced they were in error was their “Mary worship.” As I followed the path to the Catholic Church, I came…

More Gelato Please

This morning our pilgrimage group had Mass in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica, just a few feet away from the tomb of St. Peter. At Mass, Fr. Tom talked about Jesus picking an unperfect man to build his Church. Despite all his mistakes,…

My Home is in the Church

On my first trip to Rome I remember walking with my family through the streets. I didn't know where we were going, but I just followed along, lost in conversation. All of a sudden we walked through a colonnade, walked down a few steps and…

The Most Precious Art in Florence

After Assisi, we made a special stop in Florence to visit the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, the baptistry and experience some of the Catholic art of Fra Angelico. Fra Angelico was a Dominican friar and an Italian painter of the early…

The Courage of St. Clare

Last time we asked the question, who is the real St. Francis, but we should also ask the same question about St. Clare. I didn't know a lot about St. Clare before coming on this trip. Clare was drawn to the mission of St. Francis, but St.…

Who is the Real St. Francis?

If you ask people what they know about St. Francis, many people would picture a simple friar holding a little bird in his hands, but Fr. Daren Zehnle said that a better symbol for Franciscan spirituality is St. Francis holding a cross. St.…

Where It All Began

The feast of Transitus is the celebration of St. Francis' entrance into eternal life. The place where St. Francis died, also known as the Transitus chapel, is housed within the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. St. Mary of the Angels was…