SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy — Eighth century pilgrims from as far away as Ireland usually journeyed to Rome, Monte San Angelo, and Jerusalem to see for themselves these holy sites.
Mostly excerpts of columnists published in The Madera Tribune.
"No one supports me against all these [princes of evil] except Michael, your prince, standing as a reinforcement and a bulwark for me."
— Archangel Gabriel, Cf. Daniel 10:21; 11:1
"Come, forsake your city street!
Come to God’s own fields and meet October.
Not the lean, unkempt and brown
Counterfeit that haunts the town..."
— T.A. Daly, “October”
"If I am right, Thy grace impart
Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, oh, teach my heart
To find the better way!"
— Alexander Pope, "Universal Prayer"
"Today my thoughts
Are swift and cool
As goldfish in
A lily pool.
Tomorrow, like as not,
Brown turtles blinking
Hard at me.
"In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay
Redy to wenden on my pilgrimage
To Caunterbury with ful devout corage."
— Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Canterbury Tales"
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