Our Monk in Rome

Fr. Christian Leisy, OSB, will begin making reports while in Rome on assignment with the Subiaco Cassinese Congregation beginning in January, 2017.

 

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Impressions of Rome: Falling In Rome

Impressions of Rome: Falling In Rome What do I mean by “Falling in Rome”? Did I leave out the words “love with,” meaning to say, “Falling in Love with Rome”? No, I mean falling in Rome, as in falling down. What do I mean by that? And are you tired of four sentences...

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Impressions of Rome: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Impressions of Rome: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Each year the Church’s “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” (from January 18 – 25), concludes in Rome on January 25th, Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, with a Vespers service lead by the pope in the...

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Impressions of Rome: City of Bells

Impressions of Rome: City of Bells As I well recall from living here thirty years ago, from 1985 to 1988, Rome was and is a “City of Bells.” Mostly heard in the morning, at midday and in the evening, especially on Sundays, the city is often “alive” with the pealing of...

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Impressions of Rome: Earthquakes on the Mind

Impressions of Rome: Earthquakes on the Mind Less than a week in Rome I experienced my first “Roman tremors,” as seismic activity was occurring some ninety miles away. In central Italy’s L’Aquilla region, not far from last year’s destructive quakes, there was an...

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IMPRESSIONS FROM THE CITY OF ROME: Part One, First Days

IMPRESSIONS FROM THE CITY OF ROME: Part One, First Days I arrived in Rome on Friday the 13th of January, 2017, at 8:30 am. To some, “Friday the 13th” is considered an unlucky day, but for me it was an enjoyable and peaceful one. The eight hour non-stop flight from...

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Readings: Book of the Prophet Malachi 3:19-20; Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians 3:7-12; Gospel According to Saint Luke 21:5-19 No doubt to the consternation of his hearers, Jesus predicted the destruction of the great Temple in Jerusalem. The people...

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C, October 23, 2016

Book of Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 4:6-8; 16-18;  Gospel According to Saint Luke 18:9-14 Jesus’ famous parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector praying in the temple might seem like an exaggeration or a parody, outside the...

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, October 9, 2016

Readings: Second Book of Kings 5:14-17; Second Letter of Paul to Timothy 2:8:13; Gospel According to Saint Luke 17:11-19 Throughout the Gospels we see clearly that our Lord has the power of healing people. Sometimes the faith of the one or more persons who want to be...

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, October 2, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Gospel According to Saint Luke 17:5-10 “The just man, because of his faith, shall live,” Habakkuk the prophet announces in the first reading for Mass...

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, September 25, 2016

Scripture readings: Book of the Prophet Amos 6:1, 4-7; First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 6:11-16; Gospel According to Saint Luke 16:19-31 “A wise man is known by the fewness of his words,” as the saying goes. Saint Benedict cites it in his Holy Rule in the chapter...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, September 18, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Amos 8:4-7; First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy                       2:1-8; Gospel According to Saint Luke 16:1-13 Can bad example be a good lesson? Can we benefit from the misdeeds of others? What about people who expend so...

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, September 11, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; First Letter to Timothy 1:12-17;                                                      Gospel According to Luke 15:1-32 The story is told of a catechism class studying the Parable the Prodigal Son. After emphasizing...

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 9:13-18; Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon 9-17; Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:25-33 The first words we hear from Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel passage might almost startle us. They were spoken by the Lord to convey without the...

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, August 28, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Letter to the Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24; Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:1, 7 – 14 All three Mass readings from the Bible this Sunday are gems of wisdom and joy for those who take them to heart and strive to put...

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Twenty-first Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C, August 21, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 66:18-21; Letter to the Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Gospel According to Saint Luke 13:22-30 This Sunday in Ordinary Time directs our attention to God’s intention for the salvation of the human race in Jesus Christ. In a word,...

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