I arrived at Newark yesterday early afternoon. I am very happy to be home, but there’s just a little more to share of the final highlights of my trip. Wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of that!
We visited Orvieto where another Eucharistic miracle is housed. The Eucharistic miracle took place in a nearby town. A traveling priest had doubts about the true presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ when the host bled onto the altar cloth. The Chapel of the Madonna di San Brizio is where the stained altar cloth is housed.
The town was so humble and beautiful. The Catholic faith was infused in everything. This is the first sign of the Catholic faith that we saw the moment we got off of the tram (we were atop a huge hill!)
We walked for a bit and I couldn’t help but take in some of the old world beauty. I won’t even tell you how many detail pictures of arches and engravings I took.
We made it to the church where we would have a private mass below in the crypt.
We celebrated mass in a true crypt as there were two tombs on either side of us. This mass was slightly different, instead of having a longer homily, Father Joe used Padre Pio sacramental oil he purchased to bless us with, and then Deacon Tony gave us a special blessing.
We had an hour to walk around, or we could just have some lunch in the square. I’ll let you guess what I chose to do.
Afterwards we hopped on the bus and headed back to Rome where we visited the Pantheon. I couldn’t believe that I could just enter this historical (to say the least) place.
While we were supposed to visit the Spanish steps, we ran out of time and could only get to the famous Trevi Fountain and Navona Square. I’ll take it! It’s said that if you throw one coin in, you will make it back to Rome. Two coins, you’ll find love. Three coins, you’ll get a divorce and I can’t remember what the significance of four coins was. I was too busy laughing at the three coin option! One coin for me thanks!
For our final dinner, we were serenaded by a guitarist and flute player who was also a singer! But, most importantly, I captured my roomie, Pat. I can’t even tell you what a blessing it was that we were randomly paired. I was supposed to have my own room. I’ve left this trip with a really great friend. She made me laugh at everything. I thought I knew how to do that already, but Pat, well, she taught me a thing or two about not sweating the small stuff. I can’t wait to have lunch with her to reminisce. Love you, Pat! I’m making up those shirts that we talked about too!!
Just because the trip came to a close and there was nothing more to see, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t get a shot of me and Father Joe walking around Rome. What a wonderful priest. We are so blessed to have him. I think he will walk away from this trip knowing that.
Or snap a couple of pics of our Tour Guide and Driver, both named Massimo (maybe on purpose to make it easy?). I called them Massimo Squared.
I’ll be back to Italy, I know it. And next time, I’m taking my husband with me. I think we’ll spend extra time on the Amalfi Coast. I hope you enjoyed touring Italy with me. I had a blast sharing it with you.