At the moment, the Catholic blogosphere is full of chat about the Vatican blogmeet, and the alternative blogmeet for those who weren’t amount the 150 official invitees. The comments seem to be hugely positive; I’m looking forward to whatever may come through in action.
Meanwhile, I came across a post from A Reluctant Sinner (one of the 150), who reported on the blogmeet, but also on three saints who, in his opinion, would have embraced blogging, and whose memorials he visited while he was in Rome:
One of the most celebrated of Catholic saints is St Catherine of Siena, who is a patroness of Europe and a Doctor of the Church. She is buried in the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, which happens to be Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s titular church. St Catherine is known for her ability to challenge authority in the Church, especially when she thought it had been corrupted. In that sense, she was known for her strong opinions, and was probably viewed with some scepticism by some of the bishops of her day. In that sense, then, who better to visit and pray to before a meeting of bloggers? Who knows whether St Catherine would have been a blogger if she were alive today. But, I have a funny feeling that she probably would have been one!
Fra Angelico also died whilst living at Santa Maria sopra Minerva, and is buried there, too. He was always referred to as “Blessed”, even in his own life-time. The now Blessed Pope John Paul II confirmed Fra Angelico’s status as a beatus in 1982, so it was only right and good for me to stop and say a prayer at this holy man’s tomb, too. Fra Angelico, of course, used the most modern means of painting to express his faith, so is yet another inspiration to those who wish to use the new media in proclaiming our faith.
After visiting St Catherine of Siena and Fra Angelico, I decided to walk the few hundred yards to the Gesu, the first Jesuit church ever built in Rome. Whilst there, I visited the tomb of St Ignatius Loyola. He is another Saint who, were he alive today, would probably have taken to blogging. He wasn’t afraid of using the new media of his own age, and was willing to try any means of communication in his desire to spread the Gospel.