Monday, July 31, 2017
Officially founded in 1540 though the roots stretch back about twenty years previously the Society founded by Ignatius and his first companions changed, and has continued to influence, the history of the world. Having lived a life of many graces I can say the greatest of those was entering the Society twenty years ago next month.
The photo is a painting of Ignatius on the wall of the domestic chapel at sv. Jože in LJ.
St. Ignatius, Founder of the Society of Jesus, pray for us.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Plečnik's Colonnade reflection in the Ljubljanica River.
The fascination with empty glassware continues. Note the Snickers Bar wrapper. I don'tknow if it was part of the drink or a side treat.
It is a bit odd to see gelato and pastry sold alongside alcohol. The next three shots are from an outdoor bar/gelato stand on Prešernov Trg across from the Franciscan Church. It is open seasonally. It will close around Advent and reopen when it gets warmer, according to Slovenian standards of warm as opposed to U.S. standards, which translates into March rather than mid-June.
May I have some Campari poured over my gelato?
I like this bar still life very much. Shots such as these make night shooting rewarding and fun.
The fascination with the interaction of light and glass continues.
Another gelato place, this one indoors. When walking along the promenade on either side of the river there are multiple options to purchase gelato without going indoors.
One of the outdoor options. I bought gelato from this stand twice. Very good.
Candlelight and glass. An unbeatable combination.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Somewhat reluctantly back in the U.S. Got home Thursday after a smooth but still arduous flight. Jet lag a lot better today than it was yesterday when I was not fit to be around man, beast, or a beer. It will take a few weeks to get my new room in shape. Talk with provincial in two weeks about the next step. Several interesting possibilities.
The photos are from the sacristies of both the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, both in LJ approximately 500 yards apart.
Thuribles against a wall in the Cathedral.
Chalice and patens at the ready for Mass.
Partial view of a chandelier.
The light in the Franciscan church was perfect at 11 AM. By 11:30 there was no further direct light on the altar.
Standing at the entrance to the sacristy. Had to tone the on the flowers down just a little bit.
The pulpit and portion of the choir loft.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The monastic church. This was the location for Arnold Palmer's funeral.
Going down the back steps of the monastery toward the ponds.
Alas, the coffee shop run by students is no longer there. Every day during retreat I went there with some reading and slowly sipped huge cups of coffee. The coffee at meals at the archabbey left a bit to be desired: flavor and a temperature higher than room.
The ponds are for water purification. Beautiful grounds. I made the retreat in October. Fantastic time to be in western Pennsylvania.
The monastery itself is not particularly attractive. The original one burned in the sixties. Alas, it was during the time of brutalism. The rooms are comfortable but the visual impact of the monastery suggests college dorm.
Boniface Wimmer's statue in front of the church.
The sacristy with albs for Mass.
Graveyard. With 200 years of history the graveyard is very large.