a summer trip to rome

Piazza Novona, Rome. Only mad-dogs, Englishmen, and ignorant tourists brave the mid-day sun in summer!

Greetings to all the kind souls who follow this blog! I apologize for my absence, but I just came back from a whirlwind trip to Rome. The purpose of the trip was to give a presentation to the Society of Mary General Chapter in Rome. The timing coincided with a week of holiday. I scrambled to complete the presentations before our vacation, but had to finish the work at the lake. As a firm believer in holy leisure, this did not make me a happy camper! (I really need to work on my organizational skills, and fight those procrastination demons.) But the work was done, and I left for Rome last Thursday, and arrived home on Monday.

I received a warm welcome and gracious hospitality from our Marianist brothers, as always. I wrote about the experience on our International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities blog and was able to upload the power point presentation to YouTube. Pictures are always worth a thousand words. 🙂

Mass with the Sant’ Egidio community at Santa Maria in Trastevere

Rome continues to nudge me to ponder and contemplate both her beauty and her shadow side. I tried to put words to the jumble of thoughts on the National Catholic Reporter blog: Rome has plenty of beauty, but plenty of contrast too.

July and August are sacred months here in Canada. Our summers are short, and we try to squeeze as much sun and fun as we can. I will continue to update this blog as news and inspiration strikes. But, if holy leisure comes calling….please understand!

The Trevi Fountain. The water looked SO refreshing in the Roman heat!