Our days are so packed here and I have a great love and desire to be present in everything that goes on that my motivation to post blogs is greatly diminishing, so pray that the motivation/time comes back 🙂
Quick Takes of the Week
-Monday we learned that the Pope is resigning. We are all very saddened by the news, as we were just starting to and looking forward to getting to know our Papa Benedetto. At the same time, we are excited to be able to be here for the conclave to experience and welcome our new Papa. As soon as we heard the news, it started to rain and thunderstorm and it was just a very eerie feeling. The thunder rattled the weak windows in our old classroom. Finally, the picture of the lightning striking the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica made the front page of all the newspapers. We are all confident it was the Lord’s way of saying “My Will be done.”
Fun fact: Our professor today, who will be a correspondent for NBC News during the conclave, (say what?) reminded us that our generation has lived with exceptional pontiffs, and that this is an exception in Church history, not the rule. I just took it for granted that we are going to have another rock star Pope, but nothing is guaranteed. We all must pray immensely for Pope Benedict and his successor.
-Tuesday we celebrated Mardis Gras: Italian Style. We had a great feast of rich foods and vino, and our chaplain broke open a giant chocolate egg and passed the pieces around our table of 42. There was even a little prize inside (I think it was a plastic cup?)
-Wednesday we were able to attend the last public Mass Pope Benedict would celebrate. It was packed to say the least. We waited in line and in the Basilica for 5ish hours and were able to get pretty great seats. Before Mass the entire congregation prayed the Rosary in Latin. Little did I know the song “Ave Maria” is the Hail Mary and the “Salve Regina” is the Hail Holy Queen… prayer. Boy I’m learning so much. Everyone was taking pictures and videos on all different types of equipment, nuns standing on chairs to see, Swiss Guards keeping watch, etc. It felt like one big Catholic going away party. Many tears were shed and smiles smirked. At the end we all yelled “Viva il Papa!” while clapping for 5 minutes straight. No one wanted to see him go, yet we were hopeful by resting in God’s will.
-Thursdays (for now) we have one class and formation nights. The men and women divide up and enter into a time of discussion prayer. The women meet with members of “The Apostles of the Interior Life.” They are a very new community of women who are not sisters/nuns but they do take the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and their apostolate is evangelization to college students—both in the states and in Rome.
-This past weekend I spent in Lucca, Italy. My uncle was born and raised there so I got to spend a lot of time with him and my aunt. It was stunning. At one point I had the sea on my left and the mountains on my right. It was magnificent to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life of Rome, and spend quality time with family. We also got to see St. Zita whose bodywas incorrupt and is now mummified. Awesome.
Overall this week I am so thankful to the Lord for everything I have been given- I feel like I might explode. I don’t deserve one bit yet he makes my cup overflow.
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