Friday, July 23, 2010


A quick Google search of Via del Nazareno yields no spiritual insight, but this tidbit of information:

Via del Nazareno was named for Cardinal Michelangelo Tonti, appointed under Pope Paul V as Archbishop of Nazareth. In 1622, the Cardinal bought the building in order to establish a panel to be assigned for the education of poor young people, but barely had time to make a will before he died that same year.

Nazarene College, located on this street, was built in the second half of the sixteenth century, in a former palace of a nobleman from Parma. Students were divided into two categories: boarders belonging to rich families, and students educated for free. The reputation of the College grew so that in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it was considered one of the finest colleges; students came from all over Italy and became cardinals, diplomats and politicians.

Well, no great spiritual insights, but no less a spiritual battle that we’re engaged in.

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