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Morning at St. Peter’s

posted by awelborn

The first time we went to Rome, in 2006, our apartment was on Borgo Vittorio, which is close to St. Peter’s. It runs parallel to the Borgo Pio, which is a relatively famous street.  (A good history of the Borgo […]

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The apartment

posted by awelborn

Staying in an apartment in Rome has been a good choice for me/us both times. Hotels are generally expensive, not surprisingly, with smaller rooms. For this trip, I looked into the convent option extensively, and was really prepared to go […]

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Food

posted by awelborn

Now that we have recovered from the shock of eating Thai food in Rome (and thanks to the commenter who admitted to eating Chinese twice on a Rome visit – and honestly, why not? It’s like any big city with […]

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Brighton

posted by awelborn

I’m just going to start uploading my pictures and blog whatever comes to mind. 25 hours with about an hour of sleep, but I’m happy to be back with the rest of the family, so I’m not ready to hit […]

Strike one for BA

posted by awelborn

As I mentioned, the flight over was great in every way. The flight this morning, from Rome to Gatwick, was fine except for the “breakfast” given to the slobs in coach. It was probably one of the grossest things I […]

Two things I don’t like about Rome

posted by awelborn

I don’t like non-itemized receipts. It drives me nuts. Not because I think I’m being overcharged (a pastry and a water for 1.80? Even if that is overcharging, I’ll take it.), but just because I’m curious. The one big thing […]

Speaking of hidden things

posted by awelborn

One of the grocery stores at which my son shops is reached through steps in the back of a clothing store, going down to the basement. I am continually fascinated by the use of space in Rome. Most everything seems […]

My Rome Troubles

posted by awelborn

<![endif]–> My trouble in Rome is that I am always finding things by accident but never, ever finding what I want to, when I’m actually looking for it. Things I have found by accident: (And when I say this, I […]

Best meal I had in Rome

posted by awelborn

Was at this place. Now, before you start hating on me, please understand that when I am traveling alone, I am not a big meal eater. Well, ask my husband. Even when I am traveling with others, I am not […]

Travel tip

posted by awelborn

How to have a timely departure from FCO: 1) Book a 6am flight on British Airways 2) Have a pre-arranged taxi driver pick you up at 3:55 am.  While you are casually standing outside your apartment building, trying to not look […]

Coming to you from Gatwick.

posted by awelborn

On the way back. I’ll leave for Atlanta in about three hours, and then be there around 4:30, I think, then picked up by Chris, who will drive us home to Birmingham. I have a great deal to say, but […]

Quick rundown

posted by awelborn

Today was…what…Crypto Balbi. Then to S. Susanna. (Please be proud that I have figured out the bus system enough so that I can take the bus from one place to another like this. There are many things I’ve not figured […]

All in 30 seconds

posted by awelborn

Here’s what I saw, all within the space of 30 seconds today: -A woman pulling down her toddler’s tights, and holding her sort of seated over the edge of a curb. So she could. You know. -A woman wielding a […]

How-to

posted by awelborn

How to get a bunch of Americans to start tearing up, immediately? Start playing America the Beautiful as your closing song at a Thanksgiving day Mass at an American-centered parish in a foreign country. Even if it’s Italy, and even […]

Found him

posted by awelborn

Okay, so I found J23. I was just looking in the wrong corner. (by the way, the easiest way to find him is early morning, when all the side altars are being used for Mass. Believe me, this is the […]

In which I figure out the bus

posted by awelborn

Bus #44, to be specific  – the bus that runs by my apartment from Piazza Venezia, and thereby saved me a lot of walking today. This morning I set out again in my busy Roman neighborhood, and this time, everything […]

Fourth in the Pub Quiz and Other Matters

posted by awelborn

Hello again from Rome. Day one was very, very full – as in I left my apartment at 8 or so and didn’t return until 11:30. But a very good day! David was not working until late afternoon, so it […]

And on to Rome

posted by awelborn

Got there in plenty of time for the next flight. Gatwick has an odd system – well at least BA did. They don’t post gates until about 30 minutes before a plane takes off. So there’s always a crowd of […]

Mass in Brighton

posted by awelborn

When I cooked up this little layover side trip, I had hoped to have time to run down and wave to the English Channel. But no, I didn’t get down there soon enough, I was pressed for time afterwards, and […]

Roma, finally

posted by awelborn

And I say “finally” because it has taken me 30 minutes to get this to load at the internet spot around the corner from my apartment. Finally just switched computers. Oh, and do not look for many contractions and such […]

Ready.

posted by awelborn

Sort of.

Hint #3

posted by awelborn

My favorite BBC radio program’s topic this week. Huh.

BookNudge

posted by awelborn

Just a reminder that if you would like to order books and have them shipped today – please order in the next couple of hours. I’ll be heading to the PO around 4 Central, and that will be it for […]

Full Text

posted by awelborn

John Allen has posted the full text of Cardinal Stafford’s “apocalyptic” speech to the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family: It is an essentially philosophical and theological reflection, although that, of course, is not what garnered […]

Twilight

posted by awelborn

I’ve had a few inquiries about Twilight, the book series, now beginning its film life, about vampires and the girls who love them. I didn’t read the books, but my daughter did, succumbing to peer pressure. She hated them, although […]

Getting ready…

posted by awelborn

…December’s coming fast. If you’d like to order a few books, today’s a good day to do so. I’ll be out of shipping range for a week starting on Saturday.  I don’t have everything. What I do have: Saints Heroes […]

Biden, Daschle, Pelosi got you down?

posted by awelborn

Maybe this guy will cheer you up. Cao was born in Vietnam but immigrated to the United States at age 8 with his older sister and younger brother. The Communists had jailed his father after the fall of Saigon in […]

KidlitBlogging

posted by awelborn

A few recent finds – some better than others. I was delighted to see Madeline in one of my favorite places – Rome.  Madeline and the Cats of Rome by Ludwig Bemelmans’ grandson and author of a few newer Madeline […]

Hint #2

posted by awelborn

My first mistake.

Variations

posted by awelborn

Collecting stuff from the email box and random surfing: From Vox Nova: An Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama Birthplace of Hope: A mere 500 yards from the traditional site of Jesus’ birth, a Bethlehem maternity hospital is committed to […]

A question of authority

posted by awelborn

Amid all the specifics of the “Catholic vote” issue this past election season and the various statements of bishops and other clergy, the more general issue undergirding the whole discussion is quite simply, that of authority. The question of teaching […]

Hint #1

posted by awelborn

“Hello? Oh, hi. How’s it going? What? You forgot your jacket? Okay, let me think. Well, I guess I can bring it to you. This time.” (Inspiration credit: TSO)

Breaking Bloglence

posted by awelborn

Boy, that was lame. I’ll probably kick up the blogging again tonight.  I got waylaid last week by an idea which became an obsession and which will bear interesting fruit for all of us next week, God willing. So thanks […]

Augustine called, he wants his pears back

posted by awelborn

Scenes from the conscience of a 3-year old. Setting: Regular readers of this now-lame blog recall that Michael the Little has been seized by the Muse and has gone through a stage of coloring the wall instead of napping. I’ve […]

Sorry re silence

posted by awelborn

I got obsessed with something which was a huge (good) distraction for a couple of days, but now that’s all settled…and i have stuff due tomorrow. I’m also trying to process that whole bishops’ meeting thing. Open thread on that, […]

The Cardinal Interviewed

posted by awelborn

Cardinal O’Malley, interviewed by Michael Paulson: When I was in high school (in Ohio) I joined the NAACP and did voter registration in black neighborhoods, when I wasn’t old enough to vote myself. And I was there at Resurrection City […]

Kicking off

posted by awelborn

Post edited: Here’s the full text of Cardinal George’s speech, from the USCCB website: In working for the common good of our society, racial justice is one pillar of our social doctrine. Economic justice, especially for the poor both here […]

On Leo the Great

posted by awelborn

From Pope Benedict’s GA talk on Leo, from March: Aware of the historical period in which he lived and of the change that was taking place – from pagan Rome to Christian Rome – in a period of profound crisis, […]

And they’re off

posted by awelborn

As I indicated yesterday, there is no way the bishops are going to avoid discussion recent political developments this week, even publicly. From CNA: Another bishop who requested anonymity, confirmed to CNA that the bishops will not drop the issue […]

Chill. And Pray.

posted by awelborn

There’s a bit of shock and even disgust being tossed around the Catholic Interwebs today because the USCCB has removed the “Catholic abortion-rights Pols and Communion” issue from the official agenda for the public sessions next week. And…do you really think […]

St. John Lateran

posted by awelborn

A very nice video featuring Fr. Vincent Hoagland, CP – via Fr. Ray Blake. An account of that visit here. Ah…Rome… What did you see and hear? I went to an evening Mass (since I am leading an adult ed […]

Open Letter

posted by awelborn

John Allen pens one to the president-elect: Finally, one last piece of unsolicited advice: Mr. President-Elect, whatever else you do, please try to avoid repeating the mistakes of the last Democratic administration with regard to the Vatican. In his memoirs, […]

Guardian

posted by awelborn

Keep your distance. (Birmingham Zoo, end of October)

Polling Booth

posted by awelborn

Okay, here’s a poll. We’re not talking about authoritative Church teaching here, rather an approach and a program, so a poll is appropriate. And in the poll, the word “revise” an mean “revise” in any way you like – make […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

I’ve not done this for a while, so let’s go – cleaning out the emailbox, etc. The Worst Election Day of My Life via Dawn Eden who has a wondeful post on a book written and drawn by a young woman with […]

Quo Vadis, Faithful Citizenship?

posted by awelborn

As we all know, the bishops are meeting next week. Tom at Disputations takes a look at their action items. But moving on from the general – we might surmise that Faithful Citizenship will come up for discussion. Especially considering […]

Dinner Under a Full Moon

posted by awelborn

, In the drive-thru at the Full Moon Barbecue. Alabama certainly likes its barbecue.  There’s a lot, and most of it is good. Hit a place at the wrong time and you might find some dryness, but not often. The […]

posted by awelborn

And the muse is  unrelenting. He did the very same thing the next day on another wall during “nap time.” (Click on the photo to see the detail.)

Mano a Mano

posted by awelborn

Dueling letters in Public Discourse Kmiec My dear Archbishop Charles, I want to thank you publicly for your thoughtful inquiry into how best to build a culture of life in the United States in the coming years. Seeing a small […]

Ditto

posted by awelborn

Greg Sisk at MOJ: Given the tightening of the race at the end, Catholics for Obama rightly may take meaningful credit for the Obama victory. While exit polls show that a majority of faithful Catholics who attend weekly Mass were […]

The Liturgical Year via the Pope

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister shares with us the preface he wrote to new collection of the Pope’s homilies – those focusing on the liturgical year. (Italian publisher/Italian book.) It’s a wonderful, knowing piece by Magister. Benedict XVI said it clearly in the […]

The worst thing about blogging

posted by awelborn

Is having to explain your jokes, sarcasm and ironic observations.

Vatican Ambassador Pool

posted by awelborn

What say you? I initially thought Kmiec, but then, in a flash this came to me: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg  – hmmm? There’d be an aggravating logic in that. From Memphis Aggie in the comments: How about Pelosi? – she and […]

The real reason I’m ticked

posted by awelborn

Oh, I’ll be honest. The real reason I’m ticked off and depressed is because.. the President of the United States is younger than I am. It’s bad enough that almost every doctor and dentist I come in contact with is […]

Now for the Catholics

posted by awelborn

First, some links. Fr. Martin Fox of Ohio, who has a background in politics, posts some reflections here. It is true, and dismaying, that Obama got a bigger share of Catholic voters this time; but: when you break out weekly […]

MoveOn

posted by awelborn

My reaction? Very glad that the barrier has been broken. Looking for more barriers being broken in the future. Palin-Jindal 2012? Sitting in Birmingham, just miles away from the church where four little girls were blown up just a few […]

Open Election Thread

posted by awelborn

Thoughts, predictions, your experience voting – whatever you’ve got. We’ll be here all day. And night. (Actually not – we’ll be in and out. But just be patient.) (Comments now closed – I’ll start a new reax thread.)

Wrap it up

posted by awelborn

The self-identified pro-life case for Obama is subject to scrutiny here – by Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Gergis. It’s tight. It’s one-stop shopping, with links to other supporting pieces. In addition, John Breen has several posts at MOJ on […]

What have you seen and heard?

posted by awelborn

On this Sunday before the election, this weekend of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day…what happened in your parish? Prayers? Music? Homilies? Did anyone go to the Dominican House of Studies Vigil of All Saints? Or experience something similar in […]

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