When In Rome: "A side trip to Assisi"
Following Catholic Charities staff member Lynn Grandon as she travels to Rome, Italy for the April 27 canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
Lynn and her husband are leading a group of approximately 30 pilgrims from throughout the United States in a whirlwind itinerary.
Beyond the April 27 ceremonies, their group will explore the sights and sounds of Rome and Vatican City.
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Today was amazing!
We traveled by bus to Assisi.
How fascinating to see where St. Francis and St. Clare lived.
Their lives were such true examples of simplicity and humility, surrounded by beauty.
Assisi is up on a hill, so their view of the valley below every day was so serene.
After the hustle and bustle of Rome, there were birds singing and a real sense of peace.
Then, what a surprise, we looked up in an iron barred window and who should we see but a group from Denver traveling with Dr. Tim Grey from the Augustine Institute! That was astounding!
We were all hugging like school children and made plans to meet up for dinner later in the week.
Our group then continued on a walking tour of the city, which was absolutely packed with pilgrims.
The streets were hard to navigate, and one of our men had his foot run over by a crazy driver! He was knocked to the ground as well – what a fright.
Thankfully, his brother, also in our group, was a physician and he checked his foot – no broken bones. But the rest of the day we all marveled at the treadmarks across the top of his shoe!
We’ve been blessed that some of our frail pilgrims are really doing well, considering all the walking on cobblestone streets and the jostling crowds.
Another delightful sight is large groups of pilgrims all wearing the same clothing, hats, scarves, etc., waving banners and singing together as they’re walking!
We even saw a group of Africans that had fabric designed with the two new saints on it; they had hand-sewn their own clothing with that fabric!
What world-wide love is evident here all around us for these two new saints!!