The Pope’s Angelus

“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.” – Pope Francis (Lumen Fidei, June 29, …

When in Rome… Roam

Here’s the thing I’ve discovered after two weeks in Italy: in order to truly discover a place, you must be willing to roam. (& in a city like Rome, literally.) I mean that in every sense of the word: walking, following a map or smartphone GPS, getting on a segway or bike tour, whatever tickles your fancy. But it HAS to be on foot. Sure, you can take all the tour buses …

Back to Roma: The Basilicas

When you go to Rome on a spiritual journey of some sort, a must-do thing to formally complete the pilgrimage is to visit The Four Basilicas throughout the ancient city. To visit some of the oldest basilicas in the world, built centuries ago by important figures in the Catholic Church and leaders of the Roman Empire, and to see and pray to the holy relics inside is a vital part of the pilgrimage experience. …

Of the Saints: Forli, Siena, & Assisi

Other than roaming around some of the most beautiful cities in Italy, we also took multiple side-trips to several small towns along the countryside, as part of our saintly pilgrimage. These towns, while comfortably sewn into the landscape and not as sprawling with tourists, are particularly known for their charm, their antiqueness, and what got them onto the Italian map: their patron saint. Traveling to each of these small towns took a …

From Sunrise to Sunset

Family, friends, & travelers alike, You haven’t seen anything until you’ve experienced the city of Florence from sun up, sun down. It is truly magic, from the moment the sun’s light touches the edge of the horizon, casting a blueish, pinkish glow, to the spellbinding fiery orange of the sunset. Nighttime doesn’t fall here until past 9pm, and the city officially goes to “sleep” much later than that. It’s the experience of walking …