Sunday Homilies : Rome is as it always was, only more so

from Father Kevin Laughery, Troy St. Jerome and St. Jacob St. James Parishes, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Note: Comments from this page do not reach me; instead, email:

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I arrived in Rome today and had to face down a big temptation.  I had to resist the urge to go right to bed as soon as I entered my hotel room.  The only way to adjust to the seven-hour shift is by staying on schedule with everybody else.  I did successfully get myself out of the room and into the streets.  From my hotel near the train station, I walked to my old university, the Gregorian.  I was pleased to see that the lecture halls have been updated.  It appears that they have everything for computer audio-visual stuff.  Even so, an overhead projector was very prominent.  The old coffee bar is now called "Greg Cafe."  I wandered over to the Trevi fountain (in process of restoration) and stepped briefly into the Pantheon, which is my favorite thing in Rome.  No matter how many times you've been there, you can't help but be awed by the vast space under the dome with the hole in the top.  Rome is heavy with tourists; the weather happens to be ideal.  This evening I dined outside.  

Rome is as I remember it: people and traffic and celebration of itself.  These characteristics may well have intensified since the last time I was here, seventeen years ago.

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