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St. Maximilian Kolbe

Today is the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Here is an image from the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle in Rome where he was ordained priest.

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And here’s an image from the Roman church Sant’Andrea della Fratte where he offered his first Mass on the altar where Our Lady appeared to and converted Alphonse Ratisbonne.

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St. Maximilian gave some excellent advice in reading about Our Lady: “When you start reading something on the Immaculate, do not forget that at that moment you come into contact with a living being, who loves you, who is pure, without stain. She will reveal herself to you through the phrases that you read and will convey to you thoughts, convictions, feelings that the author himself could not possibly even imagine.”

“We should put into practice what we have read. It is sufficient to dedicate five minutes daily to the reading, but be resolute, and do not omit these five minutes any day. This will be an assurance of advancement in perfection. It will likewise be a healthful nourishment for our souls, because it will serve to give us wings in our flight to the summits of our desired holiness, and a closer union with the Immaculata.”

Here are some excellent Marian Resources you’ll love.

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St. Robert Bellarmine

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Today is the Feast of St. Robert Francis Cardinal Bellarmine, one of two Jesuit Doctors of the Church. The other is St. Peter Canisius. St. Robert was one of the most learned men in the history of the Church. When Pope Clement VIII created St. Robert a cardinal, he said of him: “The Church of God has not his equal in learning. He was the nephew of Pope Marcellus II.

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St. Robert is buried in the Roman church of Sant’Ignazio. To the left of him is the altar where St. Aloysius Gonzaga is buried. St. Robert was St. Aloysius’ spiritual director, and he was so impressed with the youthful saint that he asked to be buried “at the feet of his ghostly child.”

St. Robert once said: “If you are wise, then, know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation. This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart. If you reach this goal, you will find happiness. If you fail to reach it, you will find misery.”

There can be only one shortest distance between two points, and the shortest distance between God and us is Mary. St. Robert knew this as well as anyone.

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Now you get to discover not only his previously untranslated Marian writings, which were compiled and translated from the thousands of pages of his (Opera Omnia) [Collected Works], but also previously untranslated biographical material about him. Then so you get to see exactly how he lived the Marian doctrines he defended and the Marian devotion he taught. So, be sure to check out The Marian Writings of St. Robert Bellarmine by clicking here.

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St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church

Today is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena. Her works make excellent reading. You can find here all 3 volumes of the Letters of St. Catherine of Siena. Enjoy!

The body of St. Catherine of Siena rests in the Roman church Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is near the Pantheon.

The body of St. Catherine of Siena rests in the Roman church Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is near the Pantheon.

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Solemnity of All Saints

Today we honor the saints, whose company we hope one day to enjoy.

St. Victoria, martyr (Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome)

St. Victoria, martyr (Santa Maria sopra Minerva – Rome)

Blessed Fra Angelico (Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome)

Blessed Fra Angelico (Santa Maria sopra Minerva – Rome)

Pope St. Pius V (Santa Maria Maggiore - Rome)

Pope St. Pius V (Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome)

Body of St. John Chrysostom (Chapel of the Choir - Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Body of St. John Chrysostom (Chapel of the Choir – Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Pope St. Leo IX (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Pope St. Leo IX (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

St. Simon and St. Jude Thaddeus, Apostles rest under the Blessed Sacrament (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

St. Simon and St. Jude Thaddeus, Apostles rest under the Blessed Sacrament (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Pope St. Leo the Great (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Pope St. Leo the Great (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Bl. Innocent XI (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Bl. Innocent XI (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Bodies of St. Prassede and St. Pudenziana (Santa Prassede - Rome)

Bodies of St. Prassede and St. Pudenziana (Santa Prassede – Rome)

Head of St. Agnes

Head of St. Agnes

Head of St. Agnes (Sant'Agnese in Agone - Rome)

Head of St. Agnes (Sant’Agnese in Agone – Rome)

St. Philip Neri (Santa Maria in Vallicella {Chiesa Nuova} - Rome)

St. Philip Neri (Santa Maria in Vallicella {Chiesa Nuova} – Rome)

Heart of St. Charles Borromeo (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso - Rome)

Heart of St. Charles Borromeo (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso – Rome)

Head of St. Alexander, pope and martyr (Rome)

Head of St. Alexander, pope and martyr (Rome)

San Clemente, martyr (Florence)

San Clemente, martyr (Florence)

St. Julianus, martyr (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata - Florence)

St. Julianus, martyr (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata – Florence)

St. Artemius, martyr (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata - Florence)

St. Artemius, martyr (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata – Florence)

St. Juliana Falconieri (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata - Florence)

St. Juliana Falconieri (Basilica of Santa Maria Annunziata – Florence)

St. Antoninus, O.P., Archbishop of Florence (San Marco - Florence)

St. Antoninus, O.P., Archbishop of Florence (San Marco – Florence)

Letter written by St. Francis of Assisi to Brother Leo (Duomo - Spoleto)

Letter written by St. Francis of Assisi to Brother Leo (Duomo – Spoleto)

St. Robert Bellarmine (Church of Sant'Ignazio - Rome)

St. Robert Bellarmine (Church of Sant’Ignazio – Rome)

St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine (Church of Sant'Agostino - Rome)

St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine (Church of Sant’Agostino – Rome)

Place where St. John the Apostle was boiled in oil (St. John at the Latin Gate - Rome)

Place where St. John the Apostle was boiled in oil (St. John at the Latin Gate – Rome)

Heads of St. Peter and St. Paul (Basilica of St. John Lateran - Rome)

Heads of St. Peter and St. Paul (Basilica of St. John Lateran – Rome)

St. Fortunatus, martyr (Church of St. Philip Neri - Perugia)

St. Fortunatus, martyr (Church of St. Philip Neri – Perugia)

Heart of St. Philip Neri (Church of St. Philip Neri - Perugia)

Heart of St. Philip Neri (Church of St. Philip Neri – Perugia)

Chapel built in honor of St. Paul, who preached on that site (Rome)

Chapel built in honor of St. Paul, who preached on that site (Rome)

First place St. Paul lived in Rome

First place St. Paul lived in Rome

Relic of St. Bridget (Rome)

Relic of St. Bridget (Rome)

St. Maria Goretti (Nettuno, Italy)

St. Maria Goretti (Nettuno, Italy)

St. Benedict and St. Scholastica (Monte Cassino)

St. Benedict and St. Scholastica (Monte Cassino)

Cloak of St. Gemma Galgani (Rome)

Cloak of St. Gemma Galgani (Rome)

St. Paul of the Cross (Rome)

St. Paul of the Cross (Rome)

Relics of St. Paul of the Cross, including his death mask (Rome)

Relics of St. Paul of the Cross, including his death mask (Rome)

The room where St. Paul of the Cross died (Rome)

The room where St. Paul of the Cross died (Rome)

Altar on which St. Paul of the Cross offered Mass (Rome)

Altar on which St. Paul of the Cross offered Mass (Rome)

A better image of the tomb of St. Alexis (Church of Sant'Alessio - Rome)

A better image of the tomb of St. Alexis (Church of Sant’Alessio – Rome)

St. Bartholomew the Apostle (Basilica of Bartholomew - Tiber Island, Rome)

St. Bartholomew the Apostle (Basilica of Bartholomew – Tiber Island, Rome)

"The cell of St. Benedict"

“The cell of St. Benedict”

The cell of St. Benedict (Rome)

The cell of St. Benedict (Rome)

The 'pillow' of St. Francis of Assisi (Church of San Francesco a Ripa - Rome)

The ‘pillow’ of St. Francis of Assisi (Church of San Francesco a Ripa – Rome)

Where St. Pancrazio was beheaded

Where St. Pancrazio was beheaded

Tomb of St. Pancrazio (Rome)

Tomb of St. Pancrazio (Rome)

The baptismal font where St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine (Duomo - Milan)

The baptismal font where St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine (Duomo – Milan)

St. Savina of Milan

St. Savina of Milan

Bones of St. Felix and St. Fortunatus, martyrs

Bones of St. Felix and St. Fortunatus, martyrs

St. Ambrose between St. Gervase and St. Protaso (Basilica of St. Ambrose - Milan)

St. Ambrose between St. Gervase and St. Protaso (Basilica of St. Ambrose – Milan)

Head of St. Dominic (Bologna)

Head of St. Dominic (Bologna)

St. Dominic (Bologna)

St. Dominic (Bologna)

Bl. Cecilia, Bl. Diana, Bl. Amata, virgins, O.P.

Bl. Cecilia, Bl. Diana, Bl. Amata, virgins, O.P.

Bodies of St. Fusca and St. Maura, martyrs

Bodies of St. Fusca and St. Maura, martyrs

St. Charles Borromeo (Duomo - Milan)

St. Charles Borromeo (Duomo – Milan)

St. Charles Borromeo (Duomo -Milan)

St. Charles Borromeo (Duomo -Milan)

St. Luke the Evangelist (Basilica of Santa Giustina - Padua)

St. Luke the Evangelist (Basilica of Santa Giustina – Padua)

St. Prosdocimo, first bishop of Padua (Basilica of Santa Giustina)

St. Prosdocimo, first bishop of Padua (Basilica of Santa Giustina)

The holy martyrs of Padua (Basilica of Santa Giustina)

The holy martyrs of Padua (Basilica of Santa Giustina)

St. Matthias the Apostle (Basilica of Santa Giustina - Padua)

St. Matthias the Apostle (Basilica of Santa Giustina – Padua)

St. Leopold Mandic (Padua)

St. Leopold Mandic (Padua)

St. Gregory Barbarigo (Padua)

St. Gregory Barbarigo (Padua)

Relics in the room with St. Catherine of Bologna

Relics in the room with St. Catherine of Bologna

St. Catherine of Bologna

St. Catherine of Bologna

"Here rests the body of St. Juliana, widow." (Venice)

“Here rests the body of St. Juliana, widow.” (Venice)

Body of St. Gregorio, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Gregorio, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Quirinus (Venice)

Body of St. Quirinus (Venice)

Relics of St. Anthony the Abbot (Venice)

Relics of St. Anthony the Abbot (Venice)

St. Marina (Venice)

St. Marina (Venice)

St. Lucy

St. Lucy

St. Lucy (Venice)

St. Lucy (Venice)

Body of St. Eustachius, Patriarch of Constantinople (Venice)

Body of St. Eustachius, Patriarch of Constantinople (Venice)

Body of St. Eustachius, Patriarch of Constantinople (Venice)

Body of St. Eustachius, Patriarch of Constantinople (Venice)

"The bones of the martyrs Sts. Cosmas and Damian lie here." (Venice)

“The bones of the martyrs Sts. Cosmas and Damian lie here.” (Venice)

Bones of Sts. Cosmas and Damian (Venice)

Bones of Sts. Cosmas and Damian (Venice)

Body of St. Cosmas the Hermit (Venice)

Body of St. Cosmas the Hermit (Venice)

Bodies of the holy martyrs St. Justus and St. Fabianus (Venice)

Bodies of the holy martyrs St. Justus and St. Fabianus (Venice)

St. Crescentius, martyr (Venice)

St. Crescentius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Memmia, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Memmia, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Abundius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Abundius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Faustinus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Faustinus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Justinus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Justinus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Eugenius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Eugenius, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Felix, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Felix, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Clement, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Clement, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Deodatus, martyr (Venice)

Body of St. Deodatus, martyr (Venice)

Place where St. Teresa of Avila used to go to confession (Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas - Avila, Spain)

Place where St. Teresa of Avila used to go to confession (Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas – Avila, Spain)

St. John of the Cross (Segovia, Spain)

St. John of the Cross (Segovia, Spain)

Faldstool of St. Charles Borromeo (Church of Santa Prassede - Rome)

Faldstool of St. Charles Borromeo (Church of Santa Prassede – Rome)

Throne of Pope St. Gregory the Great (San Gregorio Magno - Celian Hill, Rome)

Throne of Pope St. Gregory the Great (San Gregorio Magno – Celian Hill, Rome)

Chains of St. Peter (San Pietro in Vincoli - Rome)

Chains of St. Peter (San Pietro in Vincoli – Rome)

St. Joseph Pignatelli (Church of the Gesu - Rome)

St. Joseph Pignatelli (Church of the Gesu – Rome)

Relics of St. Leander and St. Callixtus (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso - Rome)

Relics of St. Leander and St. Callixtus (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso – Rome)

St. Saturnionis (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso - Rome)

St. Saturnionis (Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso – Rome)

St. Gaspar de Bufalo (Church of Santa Maria in Trivio - Rome)

St. Gaspar de Bufalo (Church of Santa Maria in Trivio – Rome)

Tomb of Blessed Dionysius, martyr (Church of the Twelve Apostles - Rome)

Tomb of Blessed Dionysius, martyr (Church of the Twelve Apostles – Rome)

Tomb of St. Eutropius (Church of the Twelve Apostles - Rome)

Tomb of St. Eutropius (Church of the Twelve Apostles – Rome)

The bodies of the Apostles St. Philip and St. James the Less (Church of the Twelve Apostles - Rome)

The bodies of the Apostles St. Philip and St. James the Less (Church of the Twelve Apostles – Rome)

The altar where St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe offered his first Mass, and where Our Lady appeared to Alphonse Ratisbonne (Church of Sant'Andrea della Fratte - Rome)

The altar where St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe offered his first Mass, and where Our Lady appeared to Alphonse Ratisbonne (Church of Sant’Andrea della Fratte – Rome)

St. Alexis (Church of Sant'Alessio - Aventine Hill, Rome)

St. Alexis (Church of Sant’Alessio – Aventine Hill, Rome)

Body of St. Felix of Cantalice, friend of St. Philip Neri (Church of the Immaculate Conception - Rome)

Body of St. Felix of Cantalice, friend of St. Philip Neri (Church of the Immaculate Conception – Rome)

Relic of the arm of St. Francis Xavier (Church of the Gesu - Rome)

Relic of the arm of St. Francis Xavier (Church of the Gesu – Rome)

St. Ignatius Loyola (Church of the Gesu - Rome)

St. Ignatius Loyola (Church of the Gesu – Rome)

St. Josaphat (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

St. Josaphat (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

St. Stanislaus Kostka (Church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale - Rome)

St. Stanislaus Kostka (Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale – Rome)

St. Leontia, martyr (Church of San Francesco a Ripa - Rome)

St. Leontia, martyr (Church of San Francesco a Ripa – Rome)

St. Charles of Sezze (Church of San Francesco a Ripa - Trastevere, Rome)

St. Charles of Sezze (Church of San Francesco a Ripa – Trastevere, Rome)

Blessed Guido of Cortona, companion of St. Francis of Assisi (Cortona)

Blessed Guido of Cortona, companion of St. Francis of Assisi (Cortona)

Body of Blessed Benedict Sinigardi (Arezzo)

Body of Blessed Benedict Sinigardi (Arezzo)

Tomb of a blessed Camaldolese monk (Arezzo)

Tomb of a blessed Camaldolese monk (Arezzo)

The relics of the holy martyrs of Arezzo

The relics of the holy martyrs of Arezzo

Relics of the holy martyrs of Arezzo

Relics of the holy martyrs of Arezzo

St. Cassius of Narni. He was the husband of St. Fausta (Basilica of San Frediano - Lucca)

St. Cassius of Narni. He was the husband of St. Fausta (Basilica of San Frediano – Lucca)

Ashes of St. Cassius of Narni, bishop and confessor

Ashes of St. Cassius of Narni, bishop and confessor

St. Fausta, virgin and martyr. She was the wife of St. Cassius of Narni (Basilica of San Frediano - Lucca)

St. Fausta, virgin and martyr. She was the wife of St. Cassius of Narni (Basilica of San Frediano – Lucca)

Body of St. Fausta, virgin and martyr

Body of St. Fausta, virgin and martyr

Bl. Elena Guerra (Church of Sant'Agostino - Lucca)

Bl. Elena Guerra (Church of Sant’Agostino – Lucca)

St. Zita (Basilica of San Frediano - Lucca, Italy)

St. Zita (Basilica of San Frediano – Lucca, Italy)

Pope St. John Paul II

Pope St. John Paul II

St. Faustina, martyr (Church of Santa Maria del Popolo - Rome)

St. Faustina, martyr (Church of Santa Maria del Popolo – Rome)

Tombs of the two deacons St. Lawrence and St. Stephen, and St. Justin Martyr (St. Lawrence outside the Walls - Rome)

Tombs of the two deacons St. Lawrence and St. Stephen, and St. Justin Martyr (St. Lawrence outside the Walls – Rome)

St. Margaret of Cortona (Basilica di Santa Margherita - Tuscany - Cortona, Italy)

St. Margaret of Cortona (Basilica di Santa Margherita – Tuscany – Cortona, Italy)

St. Gemma Galgani (Tuscany - Lucca, Italy)

St. Gemma Galgani (Tuscany – Lucca, Italy)

The Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul were held (Rome)

The Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul were held (Rome)

St. Candidus

St. Candidus

Body of Blessed Nicolas of Longobardi. He will be canonized on November, 23, 2014. (Church of St. Francis of Paola - Rome)

Body of Blessed Nicolas of Longobardi. He will be canonized on November, 23, 2014. (Church of St. Francis of Paola – Rome)

St. Frances of Rome (Church of Santa Francesca Romana - Roman Forum)

St. Frances of Rome (Church of Santa Francesca Romana – Roman Forum)

Body of St. Catherine of Siena (Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome)

Body of St. Catherine of Siena (Santa Maria sopra Minerva – Rome)

San Giuseppe Maria Tomasi. He introduced St. Louis-Marie de Montfort to Pope Clement XI, whose spiritual director he was. (Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle - Rome)

San Giuseppe Maria Tomasi. He introduced St. Louis-Marie de Montfort to Pope Clement XI, whose spiritual director he was. (Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle – Rome)

"Part of the cross of the good thief" (Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme - Rome)

“Part of the cross of the good thief” (Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme – Rome)

St. Tarcisius (Basilica of St. Lawrence outside the Walls - Rome)

St. Tarcisius (Basilica of St. Lawrence outside the Walls – Rome)

Heart of St. Camillus de Lellis (Church of Santa Maria Maddalena - Rome)

Heart of St. Camillus de Lellis (Church of Santa Maria Maddalena – Rome)

Room of relics (Basilica of San Crisogono - Trastevere, Rome)

Room of relics (Basilica of San Crisogono – Trastevere, Rome)

Relic of the founder of the Trinitarian Order (Basilica of San Crisogono - Trastevere, Rome)

Relic of the founder of the Trinitarian Order (Basilica of San Crisogono – Trastevere, Rome)

St. Aurelius (Church of St. Peter's in Chains - Rome)

St. Aurelius (Church of St. Peter’s in Chains – Rome)

Body of St. Eutropus (Brompton Oratory - London)

Body of St. Eutropus (Brompton Oratory – London)

St. John Southworth (Westminster Cathedral - London)

St. John Southworth (Westminster Cathedral – London)

Many English martyrs were martyred here. (London)

Many English martyrs were martyred here. (London)

Tomb of Pope St. Gregory the Great (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Tomb of Pope St. Gregory the Great (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

St. Joseph Cafasso (Turin)

St. Joseph Cafasso (Turin)

Tomb of St. Dominic Savio (Basilica of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice - Turin)

Tomb of St. Dominic Savio (Basilica of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice – Turin)

Tomb of St. John Berchmans (Church of Sant'Ignazio - Rome)

Tomb of St. John Berchmans (Church of Sant’Ignazio – Rome)

The room where Bl. Hyacinth Cormier, O.P. died (San Clemente - Rome)

The room where Bl. Hyacinth Cormier, O.P. died (San Clemente – Rome)

Inscription over the door of the room where Bl. Hyacinth Cormier (Dominican) died. (San Clemente - Rome)

Inscription over the door of the room where Bl. Hyacinth Cormier (Dominican) died. (San Clemente – Rome)

Tomb of St. Christina, Virgin and Martyr (Bolsena - Italy)

Tomb of St. Christina, Virgin and Martyr (Bolsena – Italy)

The tomb of St. Agnes and her sister St. Emerentiana (St. Agnes outside the Walls - Rome)

The tomb of St. Agnes and her sister St. Emerentiana (St. Agnes outside the Walls – Rome)

Santa Costanza (Rome)

Santa Costanza (Rome)

The body of Santa Costanza and other holy women as well as St. Saturninus and St. Sisinius (Santa Costanza - Rome)

The body of Santa Costanza and other holy women as well as St. Saturninus and St. Sisinius (Santa Costanza – Rome)

Under the altar below rest the bones of St. Timothy.  The altar has since been moved to complete the excavations of the tomb of St. Paul.

Under the altar below rest the bones of St. Timothy. The altar has since been moved to complete the excavations of the tomb of St. Paul.

This inscription in Santa Maria Scala Coeli reads: "Under this church, in the peace of Christ, rest 10,300 soldiers of the Legion of St. Zeno".

This inscription in Santa Maria Scala Coeli reads: “Under this church, in the peace of Christ, rest 10,300 soldiers of the Legion of St. Zeno”.

Santa Maria Scala Coeli (Tre Fontane - Rome)

Santa Maria Scala Coeli (Tre Fontane – Rome)

The place of the martyrdom of St. Paul the Apostle where three fountains miraculously sprung up (Tre Fontane - Rome)

The place of the martyrdom of St. Paul the Apostle where three fountains miraculously sprung up (Tre Fontane – Rome)

The room where St. Paul was kept before his martyrdom (Santa Maria Scala Coeli - Tre Fontane, Rome)

The room where St. Paul was kept before his martyrdom (Santa Maria Scala Coeli – Tre Fontane, Rome)

The altar where St. Bernard of Clairvaux used to offer Mass. He would look through the opening into the room where St. Paul was imprisoned (Santa Maria Scala Coeli - Tre Fontane, Rome)

The altar where St. Bernard of Clairvaux used to offer Mass. He would look through the opening into the room where St. Paul was imprisoned (Santa Maria Scala Coeli – Tre Fontane, Rome)

The prison where St. Francis of Assisi was kept by his father (Assisi)

The prison where St. Francis of Assisi was kept by his father (Assisi)

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (Basilica of San Crisogono - Trastevere, Rome)

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (Basilica of San Crisogono – Trastevere, Rome)

Relic from the skull of St. Crisogonus (Basilica of San Crisogono - Trastevere, Rome)

Relic from the skull of St. Crisogonus (Basilica of San Crisogono – Trastevere, Rome)

St. Cecilia (Basilica of Santa Cecilia - Trastevere, Rome)

St. Cecilia (Basilica of Santa Cecilia – Trastevere, Rome)

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St. Benedict Joseph Labre (Santa Maria ai Monti – Rome)

St. Boniface, martyr (Rome)

St. Boniface, martyr (Rome)

"Head of St. John the Baptist, Precursor of the Lord" (Church of San Silvestro in Capite - Rome)

“Head of St. John the Baptist, Precursor of the Lord” (Church of San Silvestro in Capite – Rome)

Head of St. Peter Julian Eymard (San Claudio - Rome)

Head of St. Peter Julian Eymard (San Claudio – Rome)

Body of St. Gregory Nazianzen (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Body of St. Gregory Nazianzen (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Pope St. John XXIII (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Pope St. John XXIII (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

St. Joseph Calasanctius (Church of San Pantaleo - Rome)

St. Joseph Calasanctius (Church of San Pantaleo – Rome)

Pope St. Pius X (Basilica of St. Peter - Vatican City)

Pope St. Pius X (Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

The original Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Church of St. Alfonso - Rome) Queen of all Saints!

The original Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Church of St. Alfonso – Rome) Queen of all Saints!

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Dedication of St. Mary Major

August 5 is the Feast of the Dedication of St. Mary Major, which happens to be my favorite church in Rome.  Here you can read all about this glorious basilica.

The Borghese Chapel, with the image of Our Lady known as the 'Salus Populi Romani" (Salvation of the Roman people), attributed to St. Luke the Evangelist

The Borghese Chapel, with the image of Our Lady known as the ‘Salus Populi Romani” (Salvation of the Roman people), attributed to St. Luke the Evangelist

The dome of the Borghese Chapel

The dome of the Borghese Chapel

One of the basilica's vestments

One of the basilica’s vestments

Pope St. Pius V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the basilica. The ring on his finger was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Pope St. Pius V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the basilica. The ring on his finger was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the basilica

The tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the basilica

The tomb of Pope Clement IX in the basilica. He had been canon and vicar of the basilica, and died on Dec. 9, 1669, in his 69th year, after a pontificate of 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

The tomb of Pope Clement IX in the basilica. He had been canon and vicar of the basilica, and died on Dec. 9, 1669, in his 69th year, after a pontificate of 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

Statue of Pope Sixtus V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Statue of Pope Sixtus V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

From the statue of Pope Sixtus V, just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar, you can see the tomb of Pope St. Pius V.

From the statue of Pope Sixtus V, just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar, you can see the tomb of Pope St. Pius V.

The rear of the basilica

The rear of the basilica

The altar in the confessio which contains relics from the crib of Christ.  The reliquary was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The altar in the confessio which contains relics from the crib of Christ. The reliquary was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

A close-up of the reliquary

A close-up of the reliquary

The altar in the confessio seen from behind the statue of Bl. Pope Pius IX

The altar in the confessio seen from behind the statue of Bl. Pope Pius IX

The portico of the basilica

The portico of the basilica

Another image from the portico

Another image from the portico

From the portico

From the portico

Statue of Our Lady on the facade of the basilica

Statue of Our Lady on the facade of the basilica

Statue of St. Charles Borromeo on the facade.  He had been archpriest of the basilica.

Statue of St. Charles Borromeo on the facade. He had been archpriest of the basilica.

The facade of the basilica

The facade of the basilica

Another image of the facade with a complete shot of the bell tower

Another image of the facade with a complete shot of the bell tower

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Santa Prassede

Part of the crypt of Santa Prassede (Rome)

Part of the crypt of Santa Prassede (Rome)

Tombs of some holy martyrs

Tombs of some holy martyrs

This inscription is above the tombs of the holy martyrs.  It says that their holy ashes and bones were transferred here by Pope Paschal I.

This inscription is above the tombs of the holy martyrs. It says that their holy ashes and bones were transferred here by Pope Paschal I.

The tomb of St. Prassede and St. Pudentiana

The tomb of St. Prassede and St. Pudentiana

The crypt of the church of St. Prassede where she and St. Pudentiana are buried.

The crypt of the church of St. Prassede where she and St. Pudentiana are buried.

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St. Philip Neri

Today is the Feast of St. Philip of Neri, Apostle of Rome.  He was canonized on March 22, 1622, with St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. Teresa of Jesus of Avila, and St. Isidore the Farmer.  Someone said that Pope Gregory XV canonized four saints and an Italian.

Florence, the birthplace of St. Philip Neri

Florence, the birthplace of St. Philip Neri

The building to the right of the church of Sant'Agostino (where St. Monica is buried) is the Augustinian College where St. Philip Neri studied.  St. Thomas Aquinas was his favorite.

The building to the right of the church of Sant’Agostino (where St. Monica is buried) is the Augustinian College where St. Philip Neri studied. St. Thomas Aquinas was his favorite.

Chiesa di San Tommaso in Parione (Rome) where St. Philip Neri was ordained a priest. http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi110.htm

Chiesa di San Tommaso in Parione (Rome) where St. Philip Neri was ordained a priest.
http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi110.htm

Chiesa di San Girolamo della Carità (Rome) where St. Philip Neri spent the first years of his priesthood. http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi111.htm#S. Girolamo della Carità

Chiesa di San Girolamo della Carità (Rome) where St. Philip Neri spent the first years of his priesthood.
http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi111.htm#S. Girolamo della Carità

San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, the Florentine church in Rome oh which St. Philip Neri was in charge. He retained charge of San Girolamo while overseeing this church. http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi87.htm#S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini

San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, the Florentine church in Rome oh which St. Philip Neri was in charge. He retained charge of San Girolamo while overseeing this church.
http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi87.htm#S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini

Santa Maria Maggiore.  St. Philip Neri used to sit on these steps and pray the Divine Office.

Santa Maria Maggiore. St. Philip Neri used to sit on these steps and pray the Divine Office.

Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the Dominican church in Rome.  St. Philip Neri used to pray Vespers here.

Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the Dominican church in Rome. St. Philip Neri used to pray Vespers here.

Tomb of St. Ignatius Loyola. He and St. Philip Neri were great friends.

Tomb of St. Ignatius Loyola. He and St. Philip Neri were great friends.

Arm relic of St. Francis Xavier.  St. Philip Neri was also friends with him.

Arm relic of St. Francis Xavier. St. Philip Neri was also friends with him.

The heart of St. Charles Borromeo in the church Sant'Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso. The two saints were friends, although at times they were at odds with each other.  St. Charles once called St. Philip 'merciless.'  They used to pray the Office together.

The heart of St. Charles Borromeo in the church Sant’Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso. The two saints were friends, although at times they were at odds with each other. St. Charles once called St. Philip ‘merciless.’ They used to pray the Office together.

Statue of St. Paul at the Basilica St. Paul's outside the Walls. St. Philip Neri had a lifelong devotion to the Apostle of the Gentiles.

Statue of St. Paul at the Basilica St. Paul’s outside the Walls. St. Philip Neri had a lifelong devotion to the Apostle of the Gentiles.

Church of St. Philip Neri in Perugia

Church of St. Philip Neri in Perugia

The armor-clad body of St. Fortunatus in the Church of St. Philip Neri (Perugia)

The armor-clad body of St. Fortunatus in the Church of St. Philip Neri (Perugia)

A section of the heart of St. Philip Neri (Church of St. Philip Neri, Perugia)

A section of the heart of St. Philip Neri (Church of St. Philip Neri, Perugia)

Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova), the principal church of the Oratorians, founded by St. Philip Neri. http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi137.html#Today

Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova), the principal church of the Oratorians, founded by St. Philip Neri.
http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi137.html#Today

"To the Virgin Mother of God and St. Gregory the Great". Detail from the façade of Santa Maria in Vallicella. Pope St. Gregory the Great built the first church on this site.

“To the Virgin Mother of God and St. Gregory the Great”. Detail from the façade of Santa Maria in Vallicella. Pope St. Gregory the Great built the first church on this site.

The body of St. Philip Neri in the chapel to the left of the sanctuary in the Chiesa Nuova

The body of St. Philip Neri in the chapel to the left of the sanctuary in the Chiesa Nuova

St. Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome.

St. Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome.

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