Category Archives: Religion

Under The Dome of Heaven – Baptisteries

A few posts ago, I noted that Venice contains extremely few free-standing Baptisteries.  Santa Maria Assunta on Torcello had one outside the “front door” of the basilica, connected through the front portico to the cathedral, and built soon after 639 A.D.  It was destroyed long … Continue reading

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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore – Tuscany

Since I wrote recently about the Sant’Antimo Abbey in Tuscany, I was impelled to give “equal time” to its phenomonal younger “neighbor” (37km away), the great Benedictine Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Breaching the Wall of Remoteness Around an Abbey Abbazia di Monte Oliveto … Continue reading

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Sant’Antimo Abbey – Tuscany

The Abbey of Sant’Antimo is located in the quiet Val d’Starcia, a few kilometers north of the historic Orcia River and a few south of Montalcino, the popular Tuscan hilltown at the epicenter of Brunello viticulture.  The Abbey’s pastoral setting is overlooked by another small hilltop town, … Continue reading

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Venice – The Early Churches

The first wave of “relocation” settlements built in the Venetian Lagoon, moving from long-established Christian communities on terra firma, would have had as a very high priority the building of “parishes churches”.  Sticks and Stones The first churches would most often have used wood construction, later clay brick, and later yet imported stone … Continue reading

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Venice – Chorus Churches

The Venice “Chorus Association”, officially the Chorus Associazione per le Chiese del Patriarcho di Venezia,  has a very focused purpose, set forth on their extensively illustrated website at http://www.chorusvenezia.org : “The aim of Chorus is to contribute to the safeguarding, conservation, … Continue reading

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Are You Compelled or Impelled?

The “Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation” (http://data.grammarbook.com) blog posted an article on Compel vs. Impel on June 19, 2008.  The article included the statement that, “Both compel and impel contain the idea of using physical or other force to cause … Continue reading

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Pallbearers of the Soul

Who or what are the “pallbearers” for the death of your dream, ambition, birthright, relationships, gifts or skills – of your joy?  In his book, St. Teresa – A Treasured Love Story (published by Basilica Press, Irving Texas, 2007), Bishop Fulton J. … Continue reading

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Reformation: Augsburg Confession Anniversary

Yesterday, June 25, was the 480th Anniversary of the presentation of the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire.  About two hundred people were present for the reading, including an impressive array of subscribing German princes.  … Continue reading

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Faint Praise

“To provide praise that is so minimal or inconsequential as to actually amount to criticism.”  Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damn_with_faint_praise) uses that as the definition upon which to build its discussion of damn with faint praise.  The esoteric website http://www.funtrivia.com opines about the … Continue reading

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New Tower of Babel?

“Religious discord depends upon nothing except ignorance of grammar.” Joseph Justus Scalager wrote that pronouncement after stating, “I want to be a good grammarian.”  He was a 15th Century “erudite” – a person who has or shows profound knowledge – perhaps the greatest … Continue reading

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