FIRST: Visit a Marian shrine and pray before the Virgin Mary for her continued intercession; that Mary, the Mother of Our Saviour, will deepen your Communion with her Son, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Rome’s well-known Marian shrines Santa Maria Maggiore, La Madonna del Divino Amore, Santa Maria in Trastevere, Santa Maria del Popolo (Augustinians), la Madonna del Carmine (Carmelites) are waiting for you.
SECOND: Confess your sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at one of the four major basilicas, Saint John Lateran (Franciscan confessors), Saint Paul outside the Walls (Benedictine confessors), Saint Peter Basilica (Franciscan confessors). Santa Maria Maggiore (Dominican confessors) is the closest to Rome’s Termini train station, a 5-10 minute walk. Ask about the conditions to receive a plenary indulgence. Dominicans have been confessors at Santa Maria Maggiore since the 16th century at the invitation of the Dominican Pope, St. Pope Pius V (1504-1572). Go to your preferred confessor and experience the your renewed spiritual state in the company of Roman martyrs and Saints.
THIRD: Celebrate with gelato (italian ice cream) at the Trevi Fountain where you can appreciate Rome, the the city of baptism and rebirth, expressed in the city’s Renaissance architecture and Baroque fountains. The Trevi Fountain itself was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII in 1629 and completed under Clement VIII in 1762. The beauty of Rome has as its source Catholic spirituality and some of our exceptional aesthetically-driven Popes believed Rome should reflect the capital of Christendom. Our five senses serve to encounter God in the goodness of His creation and in our sense-experience of worship.
This year the Dominican Order celebrates 800 years (1221-2021) of the birth into Heaven, dies natalis of St. Dominic; his love for Truth, his desire for the salvation of souls, his preaching of the Gospel, and his expression of Dominican prayer, the Holy Rosary. On a visit to Santa Sabina in Rome you will find the meditative Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary. This 5th century Basilica serves as the mother Church of the Order of Preachers.
Rome conveys more than the Dolce vita. She is Roma sacra, the city of Popes and martyrs, the centre of Christendom and has been for two thousand years.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.
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