Sunday, July 28, 2013

Prayers for Rome's Finest Female Tour Guide: Kiron Rathnam

For updates and tour info, see here:

Just a few days ago Kiron was hit by a Roman taxi driver and is in immediate need of serious prayers.

For people who have met or know her, tourists or pilgrims alike who have been on her tours or experienced her Roman hospitality, everyone has the same thing to say: "This lady is simply one of the coolest people on the face of the planet earth."

Meet Kiron Rathnam, Rome's finest female tour guide - in any language.  Hands down e basta.

An extremely talented tour guide, Kiron once even brought a friend of mine to tears - filled with the deepest and most tender emotion - while on Kiron's absolutely exceptional Scavi tour in the Vatican grottoes. 

Kiron has been described as end of an empire.  Bombay circa 1930s.  Very cute and sweet, with her smile, good humor, and summertime umbrella.  A perfect Catholic lady.  I have been on her tours and they are most impressive. 

What makes Kiron the finest of Rome/Vatican tour guides?

She has all of it in one person which is very rare today:  the charm, wit, brains, humor, good looks, accent, punctuality, purity of heart, orthodoxy, tact, bearing, education, comportment, credentials, gift with languages, sanctity and holiness and knowledge and modesty, humility, and catholicity. 

Sadly, there is a dearth of such tour guides in Rome and the Vatican today.  We need to talk about this and it needs to be addressed by the Musei Vaticani.  This situation has proven a huge problem of titanic proportions, considering the titanic levels of tourists, and the daily rubbish they are fed from biased and mostly stupid and too often ignorant anti-Catholic and ultimately anti-Christian licensed tour guides.

The non-practicing "Catholic" Italian tour guide has proven half the problem.  You may even call them legion, for they are many.  In fact, most of these guides are not even practicing Catholics.  The Whig interpretation of history reigns supreme in the English-speaking world of history telling and this is what you get, even in the Vatican Museums. 

Because such a lack exists, tour guides such as Kiron fill the gap and save the day when they swing in on the chandelier.  Kiron wins the day for truth when she takes a faithful Catholic pilgrim on a once in a lifetime tour to the Vatican and gives them the tools and information during her time with them to see the full picture and so the capability to connect the dots and ultimately to get it.

In short, truth is better than fiction.  And this is what you get in the Vatican with Kiron Rathnam, the very finest of the finest and a woman I am proud to call a very close and dear friend.

She ought to have a senior position at the MV in my humble opinion.  

Minter Gardens Car Show: Beauty of the Classic Auto

Minter Gardens Car Show: Beauty of the Classic Auto

Minter Gardens Car Show: Beauty of the Classic Auto

Minter Gardens Car Show: Beauty of the Classic Auto

Lindy Boggs (1916-2013): RIP

A great woman.

I remember once seeing her in the Vatican, wearing her mantilla.

The woman who headed up Republicans Abroad in Rome had great reverence for her. 

A model American woman.

God blessed her with 97 years of life on the planet earth...and she used that time wisely.

In Paradisum!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

To Hear a Council Father 50 Years Later

Telegram from Cardinal Pacelli

From the American Chesterton Society.

"The attached is a digital copy of the famous telegram sent by Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII), on behalf of Pope Pius XI, consoling the English people following the death of our beloved GKC. The telegram was read at Chesterton's Requiem Mass, but the press refused to reprint its content. Who can tell us why?"

Oremus pro Beatificatione!

Basilica Vaticana. 

Henricus Cardinalis Dante - "Il Maestro"


Thanks, Tina!


Latin Rite Spirituality of Our Ancestors Alive and Well

Time flies and the Lord is kind and merciful. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ugly Commemoration of Vatican Council II in Floor of Vatican Basilica

I have never liked this.  Since the moment I first saw it. 

It is the first thing you see when you enter St. Peter's Basilica.

It commemorates the opening of the last general council of the Church.  

In short, it does not match.  It is just out of place. 

And they cut into and damaged the precious floor already there (the precious ancient Roman porphyry).

From the Vatican Basilica: Tomb of Blessed John Paul II

After the canonization, this marble slab will be replaced. 

In my opinion, the tomb ought to have been left in the crypt.  For obvious crowd control purposes.

Sad to see the former historical altar disrupted and done away with.

Summer Sunshine in the Vatican

From St. Peter's Basilica

Catholic Culture: Leisure

Remember: leisure ought to be a part of your life. 

Enjoy things and get outside. 


Life is beautiful.