Fun with geology!

Look what you get from Google when you just put map coordinates and nothing else into the search. Interesting, eh? So, we were sitting around having some fun with geology. Big aftershock a few minutes ago, about 4.7 according to the Italian earthquake website, that


This morning’s Mass in Norcia

  A local agritourismo has kindly invited the monks to set up a temporary chapel in one of their refurbished buildings. It was hardly touched by the earthquake, and is very suitable, though of course quite small setting. The owners gave us a nice spread


Aftershocks seem to be done

After three days of waking up to the house shaking and the ground rumbling and wondering if the ceiling is going to kill me, the aftershocks seem to have finished. Fingers crossed. The mood of the whole town seems to be lightening. I buzzed around



Was just in the piazza, and saw the engineer who’s inspecting the Basilica for damage. He had the Coolest. Robot. Ever. Basically, one of these with a camera attached. Not much more news. Life returning mostly to normal in town. Most shops are open, people


Fr. Benedict reports

Day 2 in Norcia has brought new challenges and a better sense of the damage, both physical and spiritual. The community departed Wednesday afternoon, 12 hours after the earthquake hit, for a temporary stay (Deo Volente, just 3 or 4 days) at St. Anselmo. While



This is Valletta, the capital of Malta, after the German bombing. Every stone of it was rebuilt, and you would never know. It is possible to rebuild. This is true of cities, as it is of the Faith. ~