There’s something about the “Eternal City” that truly is beautiful! Yes, it’s noisy,  sidewalks are not clean, traffic is crazy, and transportation on a city bus means stuffing in together with way too many people in one small space. But all that pales when one considers the grandeur of Rome.

I’m here to do some work at our Ursuline headquarters and, in my break times, out revisiting what I love.  Here’s what is for me some of the unique loveliness of Roma.

  • St. Peter’s Basilica: designed by Michelangelo, Bramante, Maderno, Bernini and others, how could it not be magnificent?  Home of St. Peter and now Papa Francesco, I’m always moved to reflect more deeply here about the gift of being a follower of Jesus.
  • The Italian people: lively and animated, in the piazza or at the market, always with a “buon giorno” as they offer the fruits of their labor.
  • The mixture of sublime and amusing: street clowns and musicians, churches that guard the bodies of saints, people going about everyday life, tourists and refugees and lots of cats.  There’s a little of everything here.  What’s amazing to me is how they all seem to co-exist in relative peace.  In this world of so much competition and fighting, maybe that’s what makes this city so special.