I’ve been in Rome to participate in an Ursuline commission at our international “headquarters” which we call the generalate.  It’s been a time of intense work, but life in la bella città provides opportunities for beauty and delight at every turn. Being among ordinary people, whether Ursuline, Italian, or the Universal Church, is always wonderful.

Our commission is made up of 7 Ursulines of 7 different nationalities.  It’s great to see the richness of diverse experiences of Ursuline life lived on various continents.  Language can be a challenge, but we managed well and found that listening together to the Holy Spirit helped us discern the way forward.

Sunday, the 14th, I joined 70,000 others in the piazza of St. Peter’s Basilica for the canonization of Oscar Romero. Romero, assassinated in 1980 while saying Mass in El Salvador, remained among his people, even when his life was threatened.  He said, “If they kill me, I will rise again in the people.  May my blood be a seed of liberty. . . my death for the liberation of my people and a sign of hope in the future.” Pope Francis wore the bloodstained rope belt that Romero had on when he was killed.

The canonization crowd of Salvadorans swelled from minute to minute.  There were others including Italians and Germans who came to honor their own new saints.  We were a visible church, gathered in prayer and celebration, humble, grateful, praying for our precious world and the peace we all desire. Together, we could believe that world communion is possible.  May St. Oscar Romero help us stay alongside one another as signs of hope!