Did you get the picture Rite?

This is the answer to Monday’s post “Do you know?

The park is called Giardino deli Aranci (Orange tree garden with scenic terrace). It is located on Via di Santa Sabina, located next the the beautiful Basilica of Santa Sabina which is run by the Domicans. It was used for a pretty spooky scene in the movie The Rite. The exorcist, Father Lucas Trevant, who is played by Anthony Hopkins was possessed by a demon at this point in the movie. He is in an unbuttoned cassock, with bare feet, standing in the park overlooking Rome. A little girl approaches Fr. Trevant and asks him to bless her doll. The priests right hand is twitching violently. He calmly caresses the child’s face, and. We’ll, you can watch the scent below.

Here is a link to the park in Google Maps, in case you want to visit it on your next trip to Rome. Below the video is a picture of the spectacular view from the park.

Giardino deli Aranci

Do you know?

This park in Rome was in a movie, do you know what movie it was? Do you know where the park is? Do you know that name of the park? Post your answers in the comments and I’ll post a clip of the movie and details on Wednesday.

Do you know what movie this was in?

22nd Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood

I was ordained to the Priesthood on this great feast of St. Anthony in 1992. Please pray for me, for all priests and vocations to the priesthood!

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This is a picture from my 1st Mass on June 14, 1992. I had not one grey hair on my head.

Prayer for Priests
O almighty eternal God, look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for love of Him who is the eternal High-priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray Thee for thy faithful and fervent priests; for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests; for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Thy tempted priests; for Thy lonely and desolate priests; for Thy sick priests; for Thy dying priests; for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.

But above all I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly . . . . . . . O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

The face of St. Anthony

This is one to add to your really cool list. In preparation for the Feast of St. Anthony, and roughly 800 years since he died, a group from the Unitversity of Padua’s Anthropology Museum did a recreation of St. Anthony’s face.

Since St. Anthony is my patron and I was ordained on his feast, I’m really happy to get to see what he looked like.

Apparition of Our Lady in Rome

The love and mercy of the Blessed Virgin Mary are endless, of course through the goodness of Almighty God, who is the source of all grace.

Today, I visited the Grotta Della Madonna Della Tre Fontane (The Grott of Our Lady of the Three Fountains). This is such a beautiful and simple place. I visited here at the recommendation of St. Emanuella who I posted about yesterday.

There was a man by the name of Bruno Cornacchiola. Bruno was raised Catholic, but like many of our contemporaries, he left the faith. And, not only did he leave the Catholic Church, but he grew an intense hatred for it and the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom he often attacked and blasphemed.

Bruno pledged that he would do everything in his power to destroy the Catholic Church. He also made a vow to kill Pope Pius XII. Bruno was violent to his wife and children because they practiced the Catholic faith. He demanded that his wife leave the Church and become a Protestant and eventually an Adventist minister.

On a beautiful day, 12 April 1947, Bruno took his children to at little park across from the Trappist Monastery at Tre Fontane. Children loved to go there, since their parents would often purchase chocolate made by the Trappists. (I can attest to the goodness of the chocolate. Could have eaten the whole store!)

During their visit to the park, one of the children lost the ball they were playing with. The children began to search in the woods and when they came upon the grotto, they saw a beautiful woman and kept repeating the words: “Beautiful woman.” In fear that his children would be garment, Bruno went to see what was taking place and to remove them. However, without all his strength, Bruno could not move his children from the spots where they knelt. Suddenly, the Virgin Mary appeared to and spoke to Bruno.

Like St. Paul, the scales fell from the eyes of Bruno and his life was change forever. He was directed by Our Lady to seek the guidance of a priest (she promised that it would be confirmed by a sign) and she wanted him to meet with the Pope. Bruno and his family converted back to the Catholic Church. On 9 December 1949, just 2 – 1/2 years later, Bruno was able to talk with Pope Pius XII and ask his forgiveness. Bruno was used by Our Lady to confirm the Holy Father’s desire to proclaim the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary giving the Pope Our Lady’s message: “My body could not decay and did not decay, I was taken to heaven by my Son and His angels’.”

If you get to Rome, be sure you don’t miss this holy sanctuary!

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Revelation