Friday, October 12, 2007

Fr. Rob Is Off To Italy!

That's right, I leave for Italy next Monday!

I will be in Italy for 10 days, with 6 days in the Eternal City, and trips to Ravenna, Anagni, and more!

This is my first trip to Italy since 1997, when I studied Latin in Rome with the legendary Fr. Reginald Foster, in a special program for advanced Latin students. While there I made a promise to God that if I was ordained, I would go back to Rome and offer Mass at the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul, and at St. Mary Major. So I am finally fulfilling that promise.

I received confirmation earlier this week that I will indeed be offering Masses at the Clementine altar of St. Peter's, and at the Praesepio (the crib) altar at St. Mary Major.

In addition to visiting all these great churches and praying a lot, I will be enjoying la dolce vita as well. I'll be visiting wineries near Ravenna (home of the famous "Barbarossa") and in Frascati, and hopefully in Montefiascone, home of the famous Est! Est! Est!.

After my Italian sojourn, I'll stop over for 6 days in England where I will tour Old Catholic Lancashire and see friends in Oxford.

I hope to do some tour-blogging while I'm over there. I'll be bringing the laptop and digital camera, so come back and check what I'm doing over there!

I Will Survive Bad Music

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How Can I Witness My Faith in the Workplace?

That's the question raised by one reader:

Father Rob,
I am an employer and suspect that some of my employees are "living together" and am concerned about their eternal future. Do you have any brochures on cohabitation that you could recommend? I was thinking of leaving them in our lobby and lunch room. Most of these folks are not Catholic and am thinking of a CD or small brochure. Thank you.

A Concerned Boss

I answer:

I would recommend, firstly, that you be very low-key about this. As an employer, you are in a position of authority, but that authority is circumscribed by the workplace. An employee could very easily react by saying "You're my boss at work, but my private life is none of your business" - and he would have a valid point.

That being said, I'd recommend two articles:

"Cohabitation Fails as a Test for Marriage", Homiletic & Pastoral Review, May 2000

"How Splitting Up Brought Them Together", National Catholic Register, March 17, 2001

I'd also recommend the pamphlet "Living Together and Christian Comittment", by James Healy, published by Rooted in Love ( However, this pamphlet is more specifically intended for couples who are engaged and seeking to marry in the Church.

I hope this helps.

Fr. Rob