Boy - it was the best bird I've ever seen!
But there have been a lot of thanksgivings these past few days. Thanksgivings to God for all His goodness to us - and in particular for the example and witness of the Saints.
One of the things that a good friend of mine said was, "The day that living in Rome becomes nothing special is the day you need to come home." And there is a saying here that goes something like, "Don't let your education get in the way of your life in Rome."
I've been trying to make sure that I take advantage of every blessed opportunity while being here in Rome - and this Blog is a means of sharing those opportunities with you. I sometimes am concerned that it's more pride or "look what I got to do" - and I do NOT want it to be that. Rather, I desire to share with you my experiences and blessings - hoping that you can experience them along with me.
One of the ways I'm trying to be mindful of living in Rome is to make a little pilgrimage to the relics of saints on their feast day. This week, I did that twice: Tuesday the Church remembered Saint Cecilia - and Wednesday Saint Clement. So I visited both their churches this week.
Tuesday, St. Cecilia, was my long day at school (till 4:30pm). I had discovered that the Basilica of St. Cecilia is in Trastevere - which is a neighborhood not too far from where I live - and that the remains of St. Cecilia are buried there.
Here is a video telling the story of St. Cecilia:
|This is the Basilica in Trastevere|
|This is the very famous image of her beneath the main altar|
|Just to prove I was here...|
|The actual tomb of St. Cecilia in the crypt beneath the high altar.|