Monthly Archives: October 2014

St. Luke the Evangelist

Today is the Feast of St .Luke the Evangelist.

Here is his sarcophagus in the Basilica of Santa Giustina in Padua.  Above the sacrcophagus is an image of Our Lady of Constantinople.

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Many images of Our Lady are attributed to St. Luke, including the “Salus Populi Romani” (Salvation of the Roman People) in Santa Maria Maggiore, and “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” in Sant’Alfonso.  Both churches are in Rome.

Salus Populi Romani

Salus Populi Romani

Salvation of the Roman People

Salvation of the Roman People

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

In addition to St. Anthony, there are quite a few other saints buried in Padua.

St. Gregory Barbarigo

St. Gregory Barbarigo

Close-up of St. Gregory Barbarigo

Close-up of St. Gregory Barbarigo

There is also the great Capuchin, St. Leopold Mandic.

The confessional of St. Leopold.  He heard confessions for many hours a day.

The confessional of St. Leopold. He heard confessions for many hours a day.

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The tomb of St. Leopold

The tomb of St. Leopold

The sarcophagus of St. Matthias the Apostle is across from that of St. Luke.

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"The lot fell upon Matthias."

“The lot fell upon Matthias.”

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There are other saints in the Basilica of Santa Giustina.

St. Prosdocimus, first bishop of Padua

St. Prosdocimus, first bishop of Padua

The martyrs of Padua

The martyrs of Padua

The instrument of their torture

The instrument of their torture

Here are some other photos of the basilica.

The Pieta

The Pieta

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The sarcophagus of St. Luke the Evangelist

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St. Teresa of Avila

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila) and the anniversary of my Baptism!  Here is a tribute to one of the three female Doctors of the Church.

Welcome to Avila!

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The first foundation of St. Teresa was the Convent of St. Joseph.  This church has several relics of St. Teresa, including her bed, several books, a jug, and a drum and castanets which she played at Christmas.

The church of the Convent of St. Joseph

The church of the Convent of St. Joseph

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St. Teresa's signature imprinted on the altar cover

St. Teresa’s signature imprinted on the altar cover

His Holiness John Paul II visited this Convent of St. Joseph, the first foundation of St. Teresa of Jesus on November 1, 1982.

His Holiness John Paul II visited this Convent of St. Joseph, the first foundation of St. Teresa of Jesus on November 1, 1982.

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The tomb of St. Mauritius

The tomb of St. Mauritius

Here are some photos of the Monastery of the Incarnation.

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The parlor where St. Teresa used to speak with St. John of the Cross.  She complained that he would often go into ecstasy.

The parlor where St. Teresa used to speak with St. John of the Cross. She complained that he would often go into ecstasy.

Parlor where Christ appeared to St. Teresa, tied to the pillar

Parlor where Christ appeared to St. Teresa, tied to the pillar

The Cathedral of Avila

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St. Teresa used to pray before this statue.

St. Teresa used to pray before this statue.

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Gate Alcazar

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The basilica of San Vicente has the relics of the saint and is built on the site of his martyrdom with his two sisters in 306.It was here that St. Teresa had a vision which prompted her to begin the reform of the Carmelite order.

Basilica of San Vicente

Basilica of San Vicente

The Convent of St. Teresa was built over her birthplace.

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To St. Teresa of Jesus and St. Catherine of Siena, the first women Doctors of the Church, proclaimed by Pope Paul VI, on September 27 and October 4, 1970, respectively, as honoring and as a sign of brotherhood between the sanctuaries of both saints, in Avila and in Siena. (Avila, September 6, 1982)

To St. Teresa of Jesus and St. Catherine of Siena, the first women Doctors of the Church, proclaimed by Pope Paul VI, on September 27 and October 4, 1970, respectively, as honoring and as a sign of brotherhood between the sanctuaries of both saints, in Avila and in Siena. (Avila, September 6, 1982)

In this chapel was born our Seraphic Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus, Mystical Doctor, on March 28, 1515.

In this chapel was born our Seraphic Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus, Mystical Doctor, on March 28, 1515.

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Here are photos of the Monastery of St. Thomas.

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St. Francis and St. Dominic

St. Francis and St. Dominic

St. Teresa used to go to confession here.

St. Teresa used to go to confession here.

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Confessional of St. Teresa

Confessional of St. Teresa

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Photos taken from and around the walls of Avila

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St. Teresa of Jesus

St. Teresa of Jesus of Avila

St. Teresa of Jesus of Avila

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St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church

Today is the Feast of St. Jerome, the Church’s greatest Doctor of the Scriptures.  Here are some photos of his cave in Bethlehem.

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“Formerly the place of St. Jerome, priest and Doctor of the Church”

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The altar in St. Jerome’s cave

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St. Jerome was a favorite of other Doctors of the Church, including St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Robert Bellarmine.  One of his most popular quotes is: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  It is said that he is buried somewhere in the walls of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.

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