Blessed is he who has been exalted in love and stands like a city built on a mountaintop, for whom the enemy withdraws with terror when he sees him; for he fears a man who is firm in the Lord.
St. Ephrem the Syrian ...
There Are No Hands
There are no hands
to caress my face ,
( harsh is my role
with these words
that do not know love )
I do not know the sweetness of
Your fond abandonments :
I had to be
Of your solitude
Of lost hours . - David Maria Turoldo .
Photography : Mario Giacomelli ( 1925 - 2000 )
From the series Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto / I have no Hands to caress my face
Italy , Senigallia
1961 - 1963
The shots here were taken between 1961 and 1963 in Senigallia, a port town of the province of Ancona on Italy's Adriatic coast. The Adriatic-effect snowfall is analogous to the lake-effect snow well known from the US Great lakes. Giacomelli gave his series of photos a number of names. The one that stuck, There Are No Hands To Caress, was actually inspired by a poem written in 1048 by Father David Maria Turoldo, entitled simply There Are No Hands.
However, while the poem is about solitude, (and young men who embrace the religious life are certainly advised to seek solitude), Giacomelli's images suggest festivity, pleasure and shared enjoyment. The contrast with the title cannot but be deliberate, though. "In the series on young priests, I found a previously unfamiliar dimension," he revealed in the book Mario Giacomelli. "I discarded the conventional rules in my treatment of the subject, to reveal the naked man.” .
With great joy, I’m pleased to announce to you that on Thursday, July 4, 2019,
Rev. Mr. Abbe James Hoogerwerf
Rev. Mr. Abbe Ryan Post
Rev. Mr. Edward Turner
Rev. Mr. Miguel Angel Canadas
Rev. Mr. Jorge Vela Martin
Rev. Mr. Ross Bourgeois
Rev. Mr. Axel Ringeval
will be ordained priests for eternity by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke at our magnificent Church of SS. Michael & Cajetan in Florence, Italy.
Please pray for our beloved deacons and all the seminarians awaiting orders. O Lord, send us many holy priests and religious vocations!
Thanks be to God and to your many prayers and sacrifices for your future priests!
May our Good Shepherd reward you eternally for all you do to bring Him priests to feed His beloved flock.
In Christ our Risen King,
Monsignor Gilles Wach
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
Christ Has Risen!!! ...