Saturday, July 15, 2017

Life is a Pilgrmage

Rome Quotes

"Those who tell the Truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves."

-Mother Angelica

Friday, July 14, 2017

FSSP PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND (August 10 Deadline for Registration)

Do Not Miss Out on the Best Pilgrimage of Your Life

Above is an image of the Holy Family.  See where they lived and labored and walk where they walked.  Visit their home in Nazareth, a short walk up the hill from the Basilica of the Annunciation.  

A TLM pilgrimage is not to be missed.  The next Traditional Catholic pilgrimage to the Holy Land is an Advent Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, November 26 - December 9, 2017.
Some of you have written with questions.  Feel free to forward this to others who you think may benefit from a Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.   

The OC-Travel Experience

A well designed itinerary: This itinerary has been tested, iterated, and perfected so that you can see as much as possible, without feeling too exhausted or overwhelmed.  Adequate time is given for exploring, rest, leisure and shopping.  We will also have daily Mass at the holy sites.  All entrance fees are covered.     

Small groups: Most Holy Land tours pack a big bus with over 50 participants.  We aim to keep this group between 20 – 30 people.

Amazing hotels: We are staying in some of the best four star hotels in Israel.  The hotel in Nazareth is within walking distance of the childhood home of Jesus (Golden Crown Old City in Nazareth, 4 nights).  The hotel in Jerusalem boasts a lovely chapel as well as a stunning rooftop restaurant and garden terrace (Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem, 6 nights).     

Excellent meals: In addition to daily buffet breakfast, we are including all meals for this tour.  The meals are fresh and organic.  The luxury of all-inclusive meals frees you up and allows you to have the best possible dining experience while not having to worry about where to eat.  Sit back and relax, all is taken care of. 

Drinks included: Drinks on the table are included with group meals at no extra charge.  

Tips included: To make things simple, we have included all tips.  Don't worry, it's all taken care of!  Most tour companies expect you to tip as you go, which can be an annoyance.  
Our guide: What makes this the best possible tour at the end of the day is the guide.  Our guide, we believe, is the best in the business.  He is a truly gifted teacher and scholar from a prominent Christian family from Nazareth, Israel.

Our flight: We are flying BA from Vancouver to Tel Aviv via London, UK.  However, you may purchase your own airfare and meet the group in Vancouver, London or Tel Aviv.  

Guaranteed Price: No hidden costs.  We have done everything possible to keep the price down to a minimum.  In addition you must purchase travel insurance at additional cost.

Is this trip for you? You must be in adequate physical shape.  There is a lot of walking on uneven surfaces and stairs.  We recommend luggage on wheels.  

Sign up: To sign up, print the registration form HERE and e-mail, fax or mail to us.  If you have any questions, e-mail us ( or call us toll-free: 1-800-675-9088.

Deposit info: At the time of registration, submit your completed and signed registration form along with your deposit of $750.  This holds your spot.  Final payment is due August 10.

Travel insurance: Purchase this at the time of your registration.  It must include medical.   

Safety: Safety is a number one concern.  Israel is a military state.  Everyone speaks English.  Each year 3.5 million pilgrims visit the Holy Land without a problem.  

We sincerely hope you can join us on the best pilgrimage of your life!  Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. 


Baptized Catherine, aka the "Lily of the Mohawks." At age 19 she converted to Catholicism after her family died of smallpox. Because of the epidemic, she was left with permanent scars on her face. For five years Kateri lived in a Jesuit mission. Refusing to marry, she took a private vow of virginity. She died at age 24 in 1680. In 2012 Kateri was canonized a saint by Pope Benedict XVI, making her the first Native American raised to the altars of the Church.

Conversational Latin: It Can Be Done!

Dialoghi latini from Legolize on FB. 


Rome Quotes

One of my favorite quotes from the scriptures, "...he was moved with compassion for them..."

"And Jesus was going about ALL the towns and villages, TEACHING in their synagogues, and PREACHING the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, and CURING every kind of disease and infirmity.  But seeing the crowds, he was MOVED WITH COMPASSION for them, because they were BEWILDERED and DEJECTED, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, 'THE HARVEST INDEED IS ABUNDANT, BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW.  PRAY THEREFORE THE LORD OF THE HARVEST TO SEND FORTH LABORERS INTO HIS HARVEST.'  Then having summoned his twelve disciples, he gave them POWER OVER UNCLEAN SPIRITS, TO CAST THEM OUT, AND TO CURE EVERY KIND OF DISEASE AND INFIRMITY."

-St. Matthew

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summorum Pontificum

How to Receive Holy Communion Properly

Stick your tongue out and bend your head back.  Fold your hands and keep them under the communion rail veil.

Also, note for priests: you simply lay the host on the tongue in this manner, as seen in the lower photo - this way you can actually see the host lay gently on the tongue. Do not flip your hand over and try to place the host on the tongue, as many do. 

Source: KNOW YOUR MASS which is my favorite book on the Mass for kids and adults, buy HERE.

Pèlerinage de Chartres Pentecôte (Pentecost Chartres Pilgrimage) 2018

Join the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary English-speaking "Chapter" in 2018.

-- more info HERE.


Fr. David Franco, FSSP is leading a magnificent rare pilgrimage to the Holy Land...there are still spots open before the August 10 deadline. It's a terrific "on a tight budget" tour (all meals included) with daily TLM at major religious sites. Winter is the best time to go to avoid the summer heat!

Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage 2017 - 10 Years Motu Proprio Summorum Pon...

Catholic Culture: Church Musician

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mozart - Missa Brevis in C, K. 259 [complete] (Organ Solo Mass)

Ezra Levant in Iraq: Inside a Christian refugee camp in Erbil

Orbis Catholicus Travel

Our daughter who has grown up at religious and pro-life events across the globe.  She travels well! 

Rome Obituary

RIP our dear friend, Evgenia Michajlovna, who fell asleep in the Lord aged 93. With a warm smile and a twinkle in her eye she never failed to give me a nod as I entered the shadows of the Russicum on dark winter nights for Sunday Vespers. And she never minded me leaving early to catch my train at nearby Termini. I guess she was pleased to have at least one other person seated in the church. May her memory be eternal. And may her chair be reserved in memoriam.


Russicum friends, in the early hours of July 11, our beloved Evgenia Michajlovna, fell asleep in the Lord, at the age of 93. Since the Russicum is closed, and there is no choir, the funeral will take place on Thursday at the Church of SS. Antonio e Annibale Maria in Piazza Asti at 11 a.m., after which she will be interred with her relatives at the so-called Protestant Cemetery of Rome. Вѣчнаѧ памѧть!

Amici del Russicum, nelle prime ore del 11 luglio, la nostra amata Evgenia Michajlovna si è addormentata nel Signore, all età di 93. Siccome il Russicum è chiuso in questo periodo, e siamo senza coro, i funerali si terranno giovedì alla chiesa dei SS. Antonio e Annibale Maria in Piazza Asti alle 11, dopodichè, sarà sepolta con i suoi parenti nel cimitero acattolico di Roma (al Piramide.) Вѣчнаѧ памѧть!

Source: Dott. Gregory di Pippo

The Latin Parish Cana of Galilee: A Witness to the Words of Christ on Marriage

It could not be any more clear.  Unfaithfulness justifies separation from bed and board, but the bond of marriage remains unbroken. 

Jesus said in the Bible:

"It was said, moreover, 'Whoever puts away his wife, let him give her a written notice of dismissal.'  But I say to you that everyone who puts away his wife, save on account of immorality, causes her to commit adultery; and he who marries a woman who has been put away commits adultery."

-St. Matthew 5:31-32

Cana of Galilee

I took this photo of a church in Cana of Galilee.  It is a rather depressing sight; there are practically no Christian families left in Cana.  It is a painful sight to see the light of Christian presence disappear after generations of survival from the time of the Apostolic Age.

The Christians were always more educated and operated the best schools.  Due to low birth rate and emigration, the few Christians left in the Middle East frequently educate their youth so as to get out and have a chance at life in peace and prosperity.   

The best thing we can do to help and support the Christian populations in the Holy Land is to travel there and to patronize their shops and restaurants.  They depend upon us.  If not us, then who?  If you have never been to the Holy Land, you need to join us!  

Pastors: A Fine and Easy Song to Teach Your Parishioners

Franciscan Excavations at Cana of Galilee

Franciscans believe that recent excavations underneath their present church, built in the early 1900s, confirm the existence of an early place of worship, perhaps an early church.

Beneath the sacristy of the present church were found remains of dwellings dating back to the 1st century as well as an ancient basilica, built with three apses in cross-like form. Visitors descend to an excavated crypt underneath the present church, and see a stone cistern that was found fitted into a flagstone floor.

Skeptics claim Cana was somewhere else.  However, it says in the Bible, a wedding took place at "Cana of Galilee" (John 2:1).  There is also a tradition that Cana was in Lebanon that some Maronites talk about. 

Greek Orthodox Church of the Marriage Feast at Cana of Galilee

This complex is located across the street from the Franciscan church and monastery at Cana.  Many pilgrims visit here as well to pray.  The Greek Orthodox church, built in the 1880s, holds two stone jars that Orthodox followers revere as the jars in which Jesus performed the miracle of the wine.  In any event, they may be early baptismal fonts.   Streetside vendors sell Cana wine, but as the Italian pilgrims will warn you, it tastes more like vinegar.

Rome Quotes

"Do not give to dogs what is holy, neither throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet and turn and rend you."

-Jesus (Matthew 7:6)

Rejoice and Don't Forget to Pray!

Feast of St. Veronica

The 6th Station.  

Did you know Veronica is not mentioned in the Bible?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Rome Quotes

"Blessed are you when men reproach you, and persecute you, and, speaking falsely, say all manner of evil against you, for my sake.  Rejoice and exult, because your reward is great in heaven; for so did they persecute the prophets who were before you."


Wedding Church at Cana in Galilee

Where Christ performed His first public miracle!  "This first of signs Jesus worked at Cana of Galilee; and He manifested His glory, and His disciples believd in Him" (John 2:11). 

Our OC-Travel group had a privileged time here on our first day praying inside the church and exploring the attached monastery cloister with its charming little herbal garden.  This is how our pilgrimage began! 

The lower level of the church has been excavated to show where the wedding feast at Cana was celebrated.  Our Lady's words echo today: "Do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5).     

Wedding Church at Cana in Galilee

A wonderful place to visit in Israel.  A serene and quiet place of pilgrimage, located in an urban neighborhood.

A highlight for many visiting groups is the renewal of wedding vows inside the chapel.  Our group had a blessing for married couples which was a lovely experience. 

Aquinas on Effeminacy

Aquinas lists effeminacy as a vice opposed to perseverance. (ST II-II, Q. 138, A.1)

Article 1. Whether effeminacy is opposed to perseverance?

Effeminacy: Mollities, literally 'softness'

Objection 1. It seems that effeminacy is not opposed to perseverance. For a gloss on 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, "Nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind," expounds the text thus: "Effeminate--i.e. obscene, given to unnatural vice." But this is opposed to chastity. Therefore effeminacy is not a vice opposed to perseverance.

Objection 2. Further, the Philosopher says (Ethic. vii, 7) that "delicacy is a kind of effeminacy." But to be delicate seems akin to intemperance. Therefore effeminacy is not opposed to perseverance but to temperance. 

Objection 3. Further, the Philosopher says (Ethic. vii, 7) that "the man who is fond of amusement is effeminate." Now immoderate fondness of amusement is opposed to eutrapelia, which is the virtue about pleasures of play, as stated in Ethic. iv, 8. Therefore effeminacy is not opposed to perseverance.

On the contrary, The Philosopher says (Ethic. vii, 7) that "the persevering man is opposed to the effeminate."

I answer that, As stated above (II-II:137:1 and II-II:137:2), perseverance is deserving of praise because thereby a man does not forsake a good on account of long endurance of difficulties and toils: and it is directly opposed to this, seemingly, for a man to be ready to forsake a good on account of difficulties which he cannot endure. This is what we understand by effeminacy, because a thing is said to be "soft" if it readily yields to the touch. Now a thing is not declared to be soft through yielding to a heavy blow, for walls yield to the battering-ram. Wherefore a man is not said to be effeminate if he yields to heavy blows. Hence the Philosopher says (Ethic. vii, 7) that "it is no wonder, if a person is overcome by strong and overwhelming pleasures or sorrows; but he is to be pardoned if he struggles against them." Now it is evident that fear of danger is more impelling than the desire of pleasure: wherefore Tully says (De Offic. i) under the heading "True magnanimity consists of two things: It is inconsistent for one who is not cast down by fear, to be defeated by lust, or who has proved himself unbeaten by toil, to yield to pleasure." Moreover, pleasure itself is a stronger motive of attraction than sorrow, for the lack of pleasure is a motive of withdrawal, since lack of pleasure is a pure privation. Wherefore, according to the Philosopher (Ethic. vii, 7), properly speaking an effeminate man is one who withdraws from good on account of sorrow caused by lack of pleasure, yielding as it were to a weak motion.

Reply to Objection 1. This effeminacy is caused in two ways. On one way, by custom: for where a man is accustomed to enjoy pleasures, it is more difficult for him to endure the lack of them. On another way, by natural disposition, because, to wit, his mind is less persevering through the frailty of his temperament. This is how women are compared to men, as the Philosopher says (Ethic. vii, 7): wherefore those who are passively sodomitical are said to be effeminate, being womanish themselves, as it were.

Reply to Objection 2. Toil is opposed to bodily pleasure: wherefore it is only toilsome things that are a hindrance to pleasures. Now the delicate are those who cannot endure toils, nor anything that diminishes pleasure. Hence it is written (Deuteronomy 28:56): "The tender and delicate woman, that could not go upon the ground, nor set down her foot for . . . softness [Douay: 'niceness']." Thus delicacy is a kind of effeminacy. But properly speaking effeminacy regards lack of pleasures, while delicacy regards the cause that hinders pleasure, for instance toil or the like.

Reply to Objection 3. In play two things may be considered. On the first place there is the pleasure, and thus inordinate fondness of play is opposed to eutrapelia. Secondly, we may consider the relaxation or rest which is opposed to toil. Accordingly just as it belongs to effeminacy to be unable to endure toilsome things, so too it belongs thereto to desire play or any other relaxation inordinately.


Happy Feast of St. Benedict!

Today is the traditional Feast of St. Benedict. This photo was taken during a 2015 OC-Travel pilgrimage to the birthplace of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy. Our group had a private Mass in the Basilica.   One year later, this revered international place of pilgrimage was laid in ruins after a horrendous earthquake. Pray for the monks and people of Norcia who are still rebuilding. Norcia is still in rough shape.  Interesting bit of trivia: did you know St. Benedict is the patron against poison?

"With congregations that maintain the full habit surviving and attracting new members."

Have you read our latest opinion piece?

"Although many congregations are in decline, God’s grace still inspires fresh new vocations everywhere, with congregations that maintain the full habit surviving and attracting young members."

Rome Quotes

"Begone, Satan!"

-Jesus (Matthew 4:10)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Church of the Condemnation and Imposition of the Cross in Jerusalem

Located in the Franciscan compound, this is the spot where it has been traditionally believed Christ took up His cross and began His ascent to Mt. Calvary.  The five white domes symbolize the five sacred wounds of Christ. 

Church of the Flagellation in Jerusalem

The sacred ground where our blessed Lord was scourged at the pillar.  The Franciscans have a monastery here.  This little chapel is a magnet for pilgrims from all four corners of the world.  Pilgrims can be heard praying in every language under the sun.  The original structure was built by Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria in 1839.

Pilate's Jerusalem Court in the Antonia Fortress: The Original Palace

Fascinating to observe this excavation of the original palace of Pilate, a remarkable glimpse that gives a hint of the herculean size and proportions of ancient Roman architecture.  Everywhere the Romans constructed mighty buildings with the intention of prompting people to ask: "What manner of men build in such a way?"

Pilate's Jerusalem Court in the Antonia Fortress

The garden is very evocative.  Today it is a Franciscan monastery.  Many pilgrims gather here to carry a cross on the Way of the Cross.  The garden cloister is a favorite gathering place for prayer and lamentation. 

Pilate's Jerusalem Court in the Antonia Fortress: Where Christ Was Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

Where Christ was condemned to die, where He was scourged, crowned with thorns and where He began to carry His cross.

A great consolation to pray here with members of our pilgrim group. 

Many pilgrim groups begin the Stations of the Cross here, leading to the nearby Holy Sepulchre where Christ died and was buried.  The Via Dolorosa is a fascinating walk that every Christian should make.    

Dealing With the Protestant Heresy