Monday, November 07, 2011
On a hot day, in June, 1959, in Rome, in St. Peter’s Basilica, I attended the Solemn Feast Day Mass of Sts. Peter and Paul, celebrated by the reigning Pontiff, the jovial John XXIII. With a good position, overlooking the altar, I enjoyed the close view of this humble man as he offered up the perfect Sacrifice of Praise. In the splendor and beauty of the world’s largest House of Worship, the Sistine Choir filled the air with heavenly music. No one attending ceremonies of such magnitude ever forgets this experience or remains unaffected by the outpouring of the voices of thousands of worshipers.