When in Rome: "The Miracle of an Incorruptible"

on Friday, 02 May 2014.

When in Rome:

Following Catholic Charities staff member Lynn Grandon as she travels to Rome, Italy for the April 27 canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

Lynn and her husband are leading a group of approximately 30 pilgrims from throughout the United States in a whirlwind itinerary.

Beyond the April 27 ceremonies, their group will explore the sights and sounds of Rome and Vatican City.

Listing of all blog entries:

"Basilicas, Basilicas, Basilicas!"

"The Miracle of an Incorruptible"

"The Big Day"

"The Coliseum"

"A side trip to Assisi"

"Exploring Vatican City"

"We have arrived!"

"Before we depart..."


hills of monasteryA visit to the Monastery of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica.

I did NOT know that these two saints were not only brother and sister, they were twins!

That was quite touching for me as the mother of twin girls.

This is a beautiful monastery up steep slopes of thick green trees, absolutely packed with pilgrims because of the canonization.

You can see some original manuscripts from earlier centuries and actual black and white photographs of St. John Paul 2’s visit.

This place is filled with frescos, you’ll get a sore neck from looking up in amazement!

Also amazing is another INCORRUPTED Saint – St. Chelidonia. She died in the 1100’s , was uncovered 500 years later, and her body had not decomposed.

I’m showing you close up photos of her body which is behind glass – if you look closely you can still see the veins on her feet.

These saints’ bodies were another one of the incredible reasons that I HAD to embrace the Catholic faith – who in the world can explain this phenomena?

I’m also enclosing a lovely icon and a painting of the Last Supper pre-Michelangelo, with Jesus seated at the far left with John hugging him.

last supper

Another sculpture is Benedict in the cave where he spent so much time.

What a privilege to be here as well!

~ Lynn

 

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