Friday, June 10, 2011


Today I am taking a group of 40 folks to Italy.  The 12-day trip will include Assisi, Siena, Orvieto, Sorrento, Monte Cassino and Rome.  We'll be celebrating Eucharist in some extremely memorable and special places, we'll be enjoying Italian cuisine, and we'll be visiting important and beautiful sites all over.

The joy of being in Assisi never gets old for me--and I have been there literally over 40 times.  It has a magical "air" of peace and prayer about it that I have experienced nowhere else. 

Completely opposite to that is Rome's open-air market at the Campo de' Fiori--noisy, crowded, shoving and pushing, laughing:  chaotic Italy at its finest.

These are two of my favorite places in the universe!

Pictures will follow eventually.  Meanwhile, the image here is of a portrait almost certainly painted by someone who knew Francis--it's the oldest image of him that we have, located in a monastery in Subiaco, outside Rome.

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