Month: August 2022

First Friday Club of Chicago

While walking the Camino de Santiago I stumbled upon a retired German Priest (Father Martin) and spent several hours of conversation with him
One of my take-aways from my Pilgrimage is that I considered a conversion to Catholicism, as a more demanding religion
As part of my research and investigation I came upon the First Friday Club of monthly lectures which are a forum for men and women to make connections between work, faith, values and issues that affect their daily lives
And there is a rich variety of religious notaries and theologians among these podcasts
Among them:
To See God in Every Person (St Francis Lecture)
FFCC-1704: Mark K. Shriver, “My Search for the Real Pope Francis”



A Choice of Catholicism
The Biggest Church, The Pope (and Cardinals and Bishops)
The Art in the World’s Museums
The Disciples are entombed in Catholic Churches

Practicing vs Training
You practice every day
You train every day

Being a Practicing Catholic vs being a Registered Parishioner

Am I a registered parishioner? Am I a practicing Catholic?

1. Attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. (We encourage submitting tithing envelopes each week, even when empty. If someone asks if you are a practicing Catholic, this helps us denote regular Mass attendance.)
2. Confession of serious sin at least once a year.
3. Reception of Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter season.
4. Observance of the days of fast and abstinence.
5. Providing for the needs of the Church.

Italy (Civita di Bagnoregio)

Civita de Bagnoregio is an Italian hilltop village, which is often featured in Calendars and collections of beautiful geographic locations
Civita di Bagnoregio
The Map on it’s wikipedia site is a great reference for the towns along the Via Franchegena (it can be enlarged and reduced to reveal details of every town)
By the way, the “via” is over a 3 hour walk (15km) away from Bolsena

Life as a Catholic

Sunday Church Service Dress Up and Travel Year Round to Sunday Church Services
(why not, maybe you are the rain or shine attendee at early service)
Fasting and Abstinence
To consider Living the Life of noted Saints (St. Francis of Assisi)
The Special Holidays and Mass
Could you be members of three churches (going to so many services that you attend three churches)

Wonderium Rome

We reference the series of programs on Italy and Rome provided by Wonderium
It seems as every location is the author’s favorite, the best, the most dramatic
So lets cut through the great number of Roman tourist sites and
The Best Place Place to have your picture taken:
The Best of the Ruins among blocks of stone,
Columns (two)
Fountains (the best)
Churches (
The Popes
Film Makers
And Select your Best of Rome:
Selfie Location among a Field of unidentified blocks of stone, pillars and ruins (the best of the ruins)