Saints, sights and shopping around Rome

More from Brendan Johnson’s journal:

June 7, 2010

            Bishop Morlino of Madison, WI, has been a wealth of wonderful information, particularly on the hermeneutic of continuity within the teachings of the Church.  Having been a Jesuit for many years and then incardinating into Kalamazoo, he offered a unique perspective for us with his broad educational background and wealth of experience. After classes, a group of us went exploring the shops around St. Peter’s to see if we could find holy cards, medals, etc. to have blessed by the Holy Father when we go to the audience. We found a few good places, but Fr. Baker insists there are some really good ones that we missed – we’ll see when he brings us back over there.

Bernini elephant sculpture outside S. Maria Sopra Minerva

When we returned to Santa Croce, we made our way over to see some of the churches around this side of town.  We made it to San Agostino, where St. Monica is buried;  Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, where both  Bl. Fra Angelico and  St. Catherine of Siena are buried; a Byzantine church (with a name I can’t remember), San Ignazio — burial place of both St. John Berchmans and St. Aloysius Gonzaga — and  a few other churches whose names escape me. In all it was a wonderful day, but a bit overwhelming with all that we saw in the space of a few hours.  The highlight, though, was definitely Santa Maria Sopra Minerva – the Dominican church – because I really like the Gothic style and it was very peaceful in there.   Also, I was able to pray before St. Catherine of Siena.  You can get closer to her than any of the other big saints that we’ve seen so far.

Tomb of St. Catherine of Siena in S. Maria Sopra Minerva


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