San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano the “City of Silva” lies in west-central Tuscany in central Italy. It lies about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Siena. San Gimignano is rich in Gothic architecture and is one of the best-preserved Italian medieval towns, with city walls, gates, and 14 of its 72 old towers remaining still intact.Most of the other … Continue reading San Gimignano, Italy

Monasterio De Santa Catalina, Peru

Arequipa, PeruArequipa, Peru's second-largest city, is known as La Ciudad Blanca (the White City) for the pearly volcanic stone used in its marvelous 16th- and 17th-century buildings, including the elaborate Monasterio de Santa Catalina. It was built in 1579, or 40 years after the city itself was found. The early town leaders wanted their own … Continue reading Monasterio De Santa Catalina, Peru

Praying for steadfastness

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy:  Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and … Continue reading Praying for steadfastness


A long decline..from the Economist, 2-12-15THE English language, we all know, is in decline. The average schoolchild can hardly write, one author has recently warned. Well, not that recently perhaps. It was William Langland, author of "Piers Plowman", who wrote that "There is not a single modern schoolboy who can compose verses or write a … Continue reading ExcellenSe