One Friday Night at the Sistine Chapel

Time for a story…it seems fitting to give a little background IMG_4449about Rome for those who’ve never lived in or visited the Eternal City. While it might seem like some mythical Catholic wonderland where once-in-a-lifetime moments are, well, once in a lifetime, I’m sorry to say that it’s not quite that “mythical.” Yes, it’s beautiful; that’s why they call it “bella Roma”. Yes, there are once-in-a-lifetime moments; if one hangs around long enough, though, it probably becomes twice or three times in a lifetime.  Without crushing anyone’s hopes and dreams about the heart of Catholicism, I have a story to tell… Continue reading “One Friday Night at the Sistine Chapel”

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

Don the cassock and grab the ticket. Take the 35-minute walk in the cool of the morning through the peaceful streets of Rome. After passing through security, receive the good-morning salute from the Swiss guards, and head in the back door of St. Peter’s Basilica. From there, it’s an empty basilica with Morning Prayer said quietly before the tomb of St. John Paul II with only a few priests around. Continue reading “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!”

Priest Where?

This probably should have been my first post, but the childlike wonder of being in Rome consumed me to such a degree that I had to share it not once, but twice! That being said, however, I just wanted to give a “brief” explanation to the idea of this blog. Continue reading “Priest Where?”

“Church Drunk”

To be clear, the Church has some strong words about drunkenness which can lead to all sorts of other serious sins as a result of willingly surrendering our free will (see for example Catechism, 2290), but that is NOT what I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is the experience of being around something so awesome to such an extent that you begin to forget just how incredible, amazing, or otherwise awesome it really is! Being in the city of Rome, being “Church drunk” can happen very easily. Continue reading ““Church Drunk””