"For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey." —Joshua 5:6
I was on my way this evening toward Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, walking, when my Italian friend and colleague, the Catholic writer Alberto Carosa called me on my cell phone.
I have been told this story about the time when Sir Alec Guiness was making the film The
Swan in which Grace Kelly played a Princess, to Sir Alec's crown prince. At the time, Sir Alec was comtemplating becoming a Catholic. Grace would not "hang with the gang," as it were, during breaks in the filming. Sir Alec decided one day to follow her. She was in her dressing room, on her knees, saying her Rosary.
I would say she was your lady of substance.
BENEDICAT VOS OMNIPOTENS DEUS
Her father was a bricklayer, and a very successful one. When you look at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, you see marble stone, inside and out, but do you know that the main structure is brick, covered by the marble you see? And yes, the brickwork was by Mr. Kelly. Moreover, he donated all the bricks, and the bricklayers salaries, for this shrine...
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