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March 09, 2006



Thanks Amy, I am delighted you wer able to be there, and of course, I look forward to my return. I always delight in seeing the various people kneel at his tomb and take him by the hand.

BTW, the name, the focus, and the look of my blog has changed. The address is the same.

Patricia Gonzalez

What impressive buildings -- now, more than ever, I want to go to Rome. And I'd LOVE to get my hands on that pipe organ at St. Charles' chapel. Awesome, all of it!

Mary Jane

I don't even live in the Middle West or Rome and St. Gaspar is popping up all over my computer today between Fr. Keyes and Amy. Yipes.


I feel like I should know more about St Gaspar.... A former roommate took his name at her confirmation because her older sister thought it would be funny to make that a condition of being her confirmation sponsor. She got in trouble because the bishop who confirmed her had a special devotion to St Gaspar and announced in his homily how pleased he was to see one of the students take his name. My friend who didn't know the first thing about her saint was appropriately chastened....

Henry Dieterich

The vast retirement home is not only "a testimony to the vigor of former times" but also a testimony to the decrepitude of the present. Where once young men were formed, full of faith and hope, to carry out the Lord's work in the world, there remain only a handful of the old, full of years and awaiting their reward. Will there be any to carry on the work to which they have dedicated their lives?

Patrick O'Carroll

To answer Henry Dieterich's question, "Will there be any to carry on the work they devoted theor lives to", the answer is that unless the Catholic Church returns to its senses and to the Mass and traditions that gave such Orders as the Society of the Precious Blood such vigor (i.e. the Tridentine Latin Mass) the answer is a decided "NO!!!!"
I live within 3 miles of three huge seminaries located in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and 1 Motherhouse of nuns (the Sisters of Mercy). Of the three seminaries, 1 was the Archdiocesean seminary which once boasted close to 600 seminarians before Vatican II and the New Mass (now has barely 40 seminarians for the Archdiocese, and 80 from other parts of the country enrolled to bulk the place up). But strolling around the grounds or using the library facilities it's clear to see that this huge seminary is a dead place since Vatican II and the Novus Ordo. Another seminary close to me was the Augustinian seminary located on the grounds of Villanova University. Consecrated in the very early 1960's to accomodate 250 Augustinian seminarians, the place was closed as a seminary in 1972. The Augustinians became one of the more radical dissenting Orders after the introduction of the venerable reforms of Vatican II and lost practically all their seminarians overnight. Today they have about 3 seminarians attending classes in Washington DC. Their huuge former seminary is now used by Villanova University as a School of Nursing, and a dorm for the nursing students. The third seminary was for the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers, and likewise closed shortly after Vatican II and the New Mass came in. It is now used by the Archdiocese of Phila. as sort of a retreat/formation house for a year of spirituality for the handful of seminarians they have in the last years before ordination.
The Motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy, built to house 400 sisters is five minutes from my house by car. It looms large over Montgomery Avenue, and was a point of pride for many local Catholics. The Sisters of Mercy before Vatican II on average brought in 100+ young girls to study to be sisters. But after the Council they became nationwide among the most radical progresisve and dissenting Orders in the USA Church (remember the 1979 speech a young and defiant Mercy Sister Teresa Kane (aged 43 at the time) gave to Pope John Paul II when the Pontiff, barely 1 year in office visited Washington DC and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception). She practically ordered Him to allow for women priests. Now 70, She's the average age of most Mercy nuns, and the Motherhouse near my home hasn't had a profession ceremony for new sisters in nearly 15 years. There are about 60 elderly nuns roaming around the huge building which once was too small for the 400+ living there.
When you think of it, it doesn't take much brains to realize that considering all the closing Churches, seminaries, convents, monasteries, and all religious houses, the downsizing, merging, and near extincion of most religious Orders in the USA and elsehere..that something very negative....and I would almost say evil...must have come from Vatican II and the NOvus Ordo to trigger such a massive decline worldwide so fast.
It really makes you think. What a disaster.
I hope the new Pope, Benedict XVI realizes this, and for whatever time He has as Pope, I hope He doesn't squander it by maintaining the status quo.


pls send life history of more catholic saints thanks.

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