The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”
Another great day in Rome! We began the morning at the Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square. We positioned ourselves along one of the barricades and the Pope drove right by us, just like Sunday. We have some great pictures and videos to share. The Pope’s message was about charisms (gifts) that God gives each one of us. Our job is to discover our gifts and use them for the good of God, the Church and the world. What are the gifts God has given me and how am I using them?
Then we visited St. Louis of France church and saw three original paintings of Caravaggio. I have a print of “The Call of Matthew” in my house and we were able to see the original. It is beautiful and thought-provoking. It portrays Jesus calling Matthew and he responds with a puzzled look and points at himself as if to say, “Me?” Something for all of us to ponder… How do I respond to Jesus’ call in my life?
Next we celebrated Mass in St. Andrew of the Valley basilica, a beautiful church on the location where St. Sebastian was shot with arrows. He survived the attack but was later beheaded. Bishop Siegel gave a wonderful homily on St. Terese of Lisieux, who discovered that her vocation was to love. How can I love better in every situation in which the Lord places me?
After Mass we visited the Pantheon, the ancient monument that was built in 126 AD as a pagan temple and was later converted into a Catholic church. It was raining through the wide opening in this amazing structure that is 1888 years old!
Then we returned to St. Andrew’s church for adoration, benediction and confessions with all of the families that are in town for tomorrow’s ordination. There were 28 priests available for confessions. It was a wonderful way to prepare ourselves to celebrate the ordination with the 43 men to be ordained deacons tomorrow. Before a wonderful dinner Constanza’s restaurant, we took a walk to see Campo di Fiori, where they sell fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers every day.
We all are looking forward to the ordination tomorrow morning at 9:30am Rome time. Please pray for the 43 men to be ordained transitional deacons.
Today the Church honors our Guardian Angels, which are referred to in this Gospel passage. We all have probably had experiences where we can’t explain what happened, where we were protected in some unbelievable way… In the Gospel, Jesus says that we all should become like little children and that their angels look upon the face of God in heaven. We all have angels that are with God in heaven and look out for us here on earth.
Have a blessed day!