May 10, 2015
This morning I went up to the North American College to concelebrate Mass. We have some seminarians there who study with seminarians from all over the United States. Most went on a weekend educational outing. But Deacon Tim Furlow had invited me to their Sunday Mass and he and I spent the morning together.
At noon we went to the Angelus where the Pope greets everyone in the Piazza San Pietro. It being Mother’s Day he said, “Buon Festa de la Mama!” and acknowledged all the moms in the square.
After lunch I went to honor Mother’s Day by visiting the Basilica of St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore). It is the most important church in Rome dedicated to Mary and is one of the four major basilicas, the others being St. John Lateran, St. Peter, and St. Paul Outside the Walls.
While I was at the basilica I prayed a rosary in thanksgiving for Mary, the Mother of Jesus, for Tops, my mother and for all my sisters and sisters-in-law who are moms and all the moms I know.
On the way to the basilica I happened across a tiny church on a street corner called St. Charles of the Four Fountains named for St. Charles Borromeo and four water fountains on each corner of that street. I was interested because St. Charles is a hero of mine, due to his holiness and simplicity of life, his vision and strength in guiding the Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent, and for his wisdom as a pastor and bishop. While there I noticed a shrine and the mortal remains of a woman who was beatified for her devotion as a mother: Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora (1774-1825). Another fitting stop on Mother’s Day.