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Archive for June, 2010

Doctors of the Catholic Church

Posted by Alex Colao on June 29, 2010

Doctor of the Church is a title given by a variety of Christian churches to individuals whom they recognize as having been of particular importance, particularly regarding their contribution to theology or doctrine. In Catholicism, this title is given to a saint from whose writings the whole Church is held to have derived great advantage and to whom “eminent learning” and “great sanctity” have been attributed by a proclamation of a pope or of an ecumenical council. This honour is given rarely, only posthumously, and only after canonization. No ecumenical council has yet exercised the prerogative of proclaiming a Doctor of the Church. Saint Ambrose, Saint Augustine, Saint Jerome, and Pope Gregory I were the original Doctors of the Church and were named in 1298. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m Losing my Marbles

Posted by Alex Colao on June 28, 2010

You might say “I am Losing my Marbles”.

Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities. You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, I’m getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here beside my desk. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.

This web site is for my grandchildren: Savannah – Hunter – Alexa – Everett,  and hopefully a few more. An informal autobiography of the past, present and future. A collection of experiences, reflections, accomplishments, and history.

Alex Colao – Pace e Bene

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Temple of the Vestal Virgins

Posted by Alex Colao on June 15, 2010

In ancient Roman religion, the Vestals or “Vestal Virgins” (Vestales, singular Vestalis), were priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The College of the Vestals and its well-being was regarded as fundamental to the continuance and security of Rome, as embodied by their cultivation of the sacred fire that could not be allowed to go out. The Vestals were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and rear children, and took a vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals that were off-limits to the male colleges of priests. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pane Santo Antonio

Posted by Alex Colao on June 13, 2010

La tradizione di benedire il pane in onore di sant’Antonio e di distribuirlo poi in cambio di libere offerte da devolvere alle opere caritative affonda la propria origine in un evento miracoloso attribuito al Santo e narrato dalla Rigaldina.    (Click on the photo for the slide show)
Qui ne riproponiamo il racconto come offerto da P. Vergilio Gamboso, ofm conv. nel suo volume Libro dei miracoli di Sant’Antonio di Padova edito da Edizioni Messaggero Padova nel 1999. Un bimbo di venti mesi, di nome Tomasino, i cui genitori avevano l’abitazione vicino alla chiesa del beato Antonio, in Padova, fu lasciato incautamente da sua madre accanto a un recipiente pieno d’acqua. Read the rest of this entry »

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Naples on a Vespa

Posted by Alex Colao on June 10, 2010

The best way to see the city of naples is on a vespa!!! – From Piazza Plebiscito to the train station in 8 minutes. Piazza Plebiscito is the largest square in Naples. It is named for the plebiscite taken on October 2 in 1870 that brought Naples into the unified Kingdom of Italy under the House of Savoy. Located at, it is bounded on the east by the Royal Palace and on the west by the church of San Francesco di Paola with the colonnades extending to both sides.

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