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Thursday, June 27, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real} ~ Rome Sweet Home Edition

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

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We did it!  We successfully travelled to Italy with 24 of our Altar Boys...

Several shook His Holiness' hand during the Papal Audience...all were blessed.

Here are several (out of thousands!!!) of pictures to share...

While walking along the streets of Assisi, I came across this exceptional artist...his hands creating the most gorgeous masterpieces (as you can see to the left).  Beautiful classical music was emanating from his work area...which had originally caught my attention.  I would have stayed for hours...
Happiness x 1,000,000!
This picture was taken a few seconds before he was right in front of our group...
this was his response when he saw all the boys in their cassocks and surplices...(of all my pictures, I prayed that this one shot was captured)  Just look at his reaction!

Pope Francis meets our Altar Boys...from California, USA!!!
He gave them all a beautiful blessing! 
Oh, the joy!
People stood for long periods of time watching and waiting to see if he would flinch...

Serving at the church of Santo Spirito - now dedicated to the Divine Mercy
Jezu Ufam Tobie

 Many miracles and blessings occurred in the two weeks of our pilgrimage.  Chance meeting and picture with Archbishop Donald Wuerl; private audience with Cardinal Raymond Burke...Holy Mass on the tomb of Pope John Paul II...and much, much, much more...
It was a spiritual pilgrimage.  It will take years to "unpack" and digest all that has happened.
It was trying at times, as well as heavenly.
It was life changing.
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  1. What a wonderful post, and what wonderful blessed memories. Thank you Hand Maid for sharing them with us.

    God bless you and yours.

    1. Thank you, Victor. And thank you for visiting.
      God's grace to your days...

  2. Precious, precious, precious! That expression of glee on the Pope's face when he was in front of your group -- I bet it is already etched in all your minds. Such a blessed trip...

    Poor Swiss Guard (?)! I hope he had a good meal after his shift :-)

    1. He was very expressive...it was amazing to see the boys reaction as well as our Papa's - there was a definite connection. Although it was over in just a flash, the memory will indeed be deeply ingrained in their minds.
      God bless you, Marcia!


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