Friday, July 22, 2005

that building

Everyone's heard of the Spanish Steps in Rome. I was there myself in June of '04. The steps and the whole area are as amazing as everyone says it is! Back in the day, it used to be the spot in Rome to notice and be noticed. Rome's beautiful women would congregate on the steps hoping to be noticed by the latest up and coming artist to be used for his latest portrait.
But, there's some news about that building at the top of the Steps, the Trinità dei Monti:

Last week, the Vatican and the French Embassy to the Holy See announced that the church, convent and school of Trinità dei Monti at the top of the Spanish Steps would soon receive new tenants. It's a historical event as the present inhabitants, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, have been there for 178 years.

I liked this little bit of news because the painting is beautiful:

[The] sisters also made their contribution to the works of art in the convent. In 1844, Pauline Perdrau (who would later join the order) painted a youthful Blessed Virgin in prayer. Pope Pius IX titled her "Mater Admirabilis" (Mother Most Admirable) in 1846 and she is the patron of all the schools of the Sacred Heart.

Mater Admirabilis, ora pro nobis!

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