Feb 11 2013

Wednesday has taken a different turn…

On Wednesday, we had planned to attend the Papal Audience at St Peter’s and then, that evening, we had been granted tickets to Santa Sabina for the Papal Ash Wednesday Mass.

We felt so blessed for this opportunity – Santa Sabina is a small church and to get the chance to begin Lent with our Holy Father was just something that we couldn’t believe we would ever have the chance to attend.

Just over an hour ago, I was relaxing here in our room, Bill was taking a nap after breakfast when I saw the news of Pope Benedict’s decision to retire. My head is still spinning, we will be venturing out soon to go to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and everything feels different all of a sudden. It is a historic day and also the World Day of the Sick. For Pope Benedict to acknowledge his own frailty is an amazing gesture.

We don’t know what is going to happen on Wednesday but no doubt, it will be a day we will remember forever.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love.

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Feb 10 2013

Beautiful Rome! #happy365

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Things are quiet in Rome on a Sunday.

After Mass and a lovely breakfast we chilled out in a room for a bit and then headed out. Even the churches are closed in the afternoon so we jumped on a bus to see where we would go. After going through the outer ‘suburbs’ of Rome, we got to the last stop on the bus.

This was our adventure. To a car park and in the middle of a building site… beautiful Rome!

Feb 08 2013

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano #happy365

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What a crazy 24 hours!

Our flight was awesome – Alitalia were fabulous! We landed 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 7.55am. We were in a taxi by 8.35 and even with peak hour traffic, we were checking in to Domus by 9.15. We felt so fortunate – they had our room ready!

Spending 10 nights here is exciting as we were able to fully unpack. So we did that and then made a quick call to mum to tell her we are here safe and sound and after some nice hot showers, we hopped into bed at 10.30am for a nap. By 2pm we were out and about. We only had two things to do today – pick up our weekly biglietti for the metro and buses and go and visit St John Lateren to pick up our Year of Faith Pilgrim Kits and grab some pizza. St John Lateren is such a beautiful church and this is the Pope’s church! If you are in Rome, you definitely have to visit it. We didn’t mind heading back there again! After we got our two tasks done, we spent an hour sitting on bus 16 going from one end of the line to the other and back again – always the best and most relaxing way to see any city when you are tired!

Our only must do tonight is to stay awake until 9pm.

Happy Blizzard Day and Night to all of those in New England. Yes… I’m tracking the storm from here. I can’t help it!

Feb 05 2013

A real snowflake! #happy365

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We had some light fluffy snow this morning and I was out enjoying it while I waited for the bus.

I looked down at my mitten and saw a perfect snowflake. Aren’t they gorgeous? I’ve never been able to really experience ‘pretty snow’ since I’ve been here. We’ve had the wet freezing rain, blizzard conditions, sleet and the big cotton ball snow… but this morning it was just perfect and enough of a coating to make everything look pretty.