Sunday, June 19, 2016
Remember them in a special way in your prayers.
Cuba is in vast need of a native clergy. And missionary clergy.
Pray for religious vocations. One still sees a lot of nuns in Cuba, although they are foreign born missionaries from Latin America.
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Saturday, June 18, 2016
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And the most pricey. Prices are set by the government. There are no deals. Cuban cigars are not cheap, even in Cuba. Yours truly has only smoked one of these in my life. Too expensive.
Inside warning: do not buy cigars on the street or beach in Cuba -- they are likely made not of tobacco, but of shredded banana leaves.
Cohiba was initiated by Castro as a limited production/private brand for the rich. Before he quit smoking these were his favorite. They are still given as diplomatic gifts. So much for his communism babble about everyone being equal.
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Yours truly took these photos from the bus; it was the best I could do.
The seminary is located in a lovely old wealthy Spanish part of Havana, a distance from Old Town.
Havana is a big city and taxis are plentiful. It definitely helps to have an auto.
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The Communism in Cuba came later after the Revolution and it was not Soviet-style, but a languid Caribbean style. Cubans are very laid back.
Castro's story is quite sad. He had been partly educated by Spanish Jesuits (he came from a wealthy, Spanish-Cuban family, land owners). Castro was a gifted student, an educated man, a college graduate, he spoke English quite well in my opinion, he was a lawyer and honeymooned in New York City.
Then it all changed when he got mixed up in the spirit of violent revolution -- killing one regime to replace it with more of the same. The people cry out to be freed from bondage. Blame is the one thing he did best.
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The auto marque was named after the great Spanish explorer and conquistador who led the first European expedition into the United States (Florida, Georgia and Alabama). He was also the first documented European to cross the mighty Mississippi River.
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There is only Mass on Sunday. The church is sometimes open during the week. In the winter, the church is packed with Canadians who vacation here.
Varadero is where the best vacation resorts are located that are nearest to Havana.
What you see here is a simple construction model that could be easily copied anywhere in the world. Adequate church with attached rectory and garage. St. Elvira's was constructed in the 1930s.
Ave Maris Stella!
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Friday, June 17, 2016
Recently restored, the outside shines in cleanliness.
The stone is coral taken from the bottom of the sea. In fact, fossils of sea urchins can still be seen in the stone.
A fascinating church to visit and a lovely place to pray. Cuban baroque is quite simple, as you can see. Christopher Columbus was formerly entombed here.
We build cathedrals to declare before men the mighty things of God.
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Our pilgrimage included some time on the beach. It was much appreciated.
Lovely to spend time on these very clean and peaceful beaches. The lewdness seen on other beaches throughout the world is not permitted here.
Security officials dot the beaches. Safety is a big concern. The water is usually quite calm and is clean. The locals are very nice.
The best beach I have seen anywhere in the world.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
By the time a man earns seven Purple Hearts and lives to talk about it, he could either be described as one of the luckiest men alive or perhaps just one of the bravest.
Meet Matt Urban. Aka, "The Ghost."
Meet Matt Urban. Aka, "The Ghost."
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The marble, from Italy, was first blessed by Venerable Pius XII before it was shipped to Cuba.
The sculptor was Cuban. The project was financed by the last dictator before Castro. It was dedicated Christmas Eve, 1958. Two weeks later, Castro entered Havana as the new dictator.
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Masonic temples are seen across the tiny island of Cuba. This is the largest. Today it is falling apart, just like everything else in Cuba, except for the secluded family mansions of the many members of the Castro family.
There is a lovely neo-Gothic Catholic church located just across and down the street which the Pope visited.
The Masons, every anti-clerical, were more than happy to foment revolution in this tiny, Catholic, island paradise. They won. The people have suffered immensely.
Surely this was built by American money just as surely as Masonry was brought to Cuba by the English.
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Franciscan missionary bishops.
Seen inside the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the main city of Havana museum, where every tourist visits.
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