Dear Family and Friends,
I’ve lived at my seminary here in Rome for about five years
now, and I can’t help but be grateful for my time here. It’s amazing that over
three hundred guys from twenty one nations can get along for a week, let alone
for a whole year. And though I’ll be the first one to admit that life at my
seminary isn’t perfect, it’s pretty awesome, and there’s a special spirit here.
|brother with broken leg passing out laundry|
Notice the brother sitting on the table in the picture. He’s
brother Rodolfo, and he broke his leg playing soccer. He could spend his time
in bed lounging around if he wanted, but I found him the other day helping fold
and pass out laundry!
|brothers looking at bird of paradise flowers|
Sometimes you get into the bad habit of traveling from place
to place without admiring the scenery. I find myself doing just that at times
as I walk from my seminary to the university. But the two brothers in this
picture had stopped to admire the two bird of paradise flowers growing in the
woods. One brother’s an Italian, and one’s a Minnesotan. Fancy that!
|a little prayer|
We say a bunch of prayers together every day, but to be
honest, it’s nice to have some spontaneous prayer now and then too. Brother
Andrew has been inviting anyone who wants to come for a little prayer in the
mornings before our beautiful crucifix in the gardens. Let the Spirit flow!
Yesterday was an especially beautiful day. There were
sunbeams streaming through this olive tree in the early morning, and then a
crescent moon came up to wish us all a good night.
|crescent moon and view from my window|
And a good night to you too!
PS By the way, whoever prayed for me on my last exam, it
worked! I’ve never taken an exam that went so well. So whoever you are, I have
my second-to-last exam tomorrow – on the Psalms and Wisdom books – and I need
your prayers again! God bless you!