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: Speaking Italian

In the summer of 1985 I enrolled in a language school in Florence, Italy, for two months of intensive Italian study, five days a week, four hours each day. The Tuscan city of Florence (“Firenze” in Italian), I had been told, was the place to go to learn Italian. I...

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Impressions of Rome: Life in Our Curia

On February 10th, 2017, Feast of Saint Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, our Congregation’s Curia at Saint’Ambrogio, where I live, introduced the Office of Vigils into the daily horarium (schedule). Our Abbot President Guillermo is clear that while the curia...

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Impressions of Rome: City of Contrasts

Like every large city, Rome has its share of homeless, mentally unwell and beggars among its inhabitants. In the case of Rome this reality is especially evident in the historic center (“Centro Storico,” as they call it here) and at the Vatican. The Centro Storico and...

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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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