Weekly Challenge: Culture Clash

After a wonderful day in Rome’s delightful Borghese Gardens, we walked toward Via Veneto to find something to eat. I looked up and suddenly rising before me, right in the middle of a 21st century city, stood the brave Aurelian Roman Wall, constructed around 275AD, almost 2,000 years ago.  Behind the wall I saw buildings from the 15th century Renaissance, which still gives the city much of its beautiful flavor.  Contrasted with that was modern day technology: people talking on their cell phones, carrying plastic grocery bags, and taking digital pictures of it all. It’s not a great picture (I wasn’t interested in photography at the time) but that moment, more than any other on our trip, caught me up in the clash of culture and multiple warps of time that is my beloved Roma.

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Inside St Peters Cathedral

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Inside Saint Peter’s Cathedral

Prayers for Pope Francis, that he will be the instrument of courage, strength, wisdom, and humility to bring about the needed changes in the Catholic church. Bless and protect him, Lord!

The jaw dropping beauty that is the altar at Saint Peter’s Cathedral:


The splendor of St Peter’s dome: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Vatican Gardens at the Pope’s Resignation

As a devout lover of Rome, I must do a Vatican post after Pope Benedict’s resignation.  History has been made, the last pope resigned 600 years ago.

My family and I were in Rome in 1978 and attended the coronation of Pope Paul 1.  He died 33 days later amidst suspicions of murder…possibly because he was a good man and wanted to clean house. There are rumors that God is about to do a mighty work in the Catholic church, so I pray that another godly man is appointed to the highest seat of Catholicism this year.

Here are the Vatican Gardens, behind St Peter’s Cathedral. Unfortunately, when I took these pictures three years ago I was barely interested in photography, but what the heck, you can’t rob them of their beauty 🙂

Vatican Gardens 1

Vatican Gardens Left

Vatican Gardens 2

Vatican Gardens Right

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Piazza San Pietro, Roma, and beyond. I cannot get beyond this city, it calls me all the time. Sigh.

“The whole city was captivated by a breezy, lilting rhythm, laced with her past glory and laden with a musical joy.” (by me, from my book which will be self published as soon as I get the copyright 🙂


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Italian Loveliness

For those who don’t know me personally, I went to High School in Rome, Italy and have adored that country ever since. In this post, I’m sharing a passage about Eternal Roma from my upcoming book:

And then they discovered Rome. The girls were allowed to bus into the city, so each weekend they fled to the effervescent heart of Italy. Their favorite beginning point was the Spanish Steps, where artists sold their wares and drew caricatures for the tourists under the luminous Italian sky. From there they wandered around town, sipping delicious cappuccino and slurping down gelato.

Over the years, as they explored the streets and historical sites, Noel came to dearly love the radiant beauty of Rome, which bubbled with fresh delight every morning. The whole city was captivated by a breezy, lilting rhythm, laced with her past glory and laden with a musical joy. This melody flowed through the people, who were warm and friendly as they unabashedly indulged themselves in the blessings of life.

It was as if God, after humbling the great Roman Empire, had come back in tenderness and dressed her humility with an even deeper richness. Virtually every inhabitant was a Roman Catholic and, whether practicing or not, held a deep respect for the church. As Noel gazed at the Pietà, the breathtaking Michelangelo sculpture of Mary holding her slain son Jesus, or the splendid Sistine chapel mural of God touching the finger of Adam, she was swept into the pulse of Roman worship and believed.

I love Italy!

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Vatican Gardens at the Pope’s Resignation

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