Day 10: Does God Live In
Before telling you what we did, let me tell you a story.
One day, a man was in
“Wow,” the man gushed and went on his way.
The man went to
But finally, when he went to a church in
The priest smiled, “Son, you’re in
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From quiet, rural, hilltop
Each year, 15 million tourists visit this city.
For many people who haven’t been here,
But when you stay in
In fact, you realize there are actually three Romes living beside each other.
First, there’s the Ancient Rome. With 2500+ year-old palaces of the emperors, the giant coliseum, violent gladiators, and one of the greatest empires ever known to man.
Second, there’s Christian Rome. The great Martyrs shed their blood here for their faith. And Emperor Constantine welcomed Christianity here as well. His mother, St. Helena, lived in
Finally, there’s Modern Rome. A busy city and economic powerhouse. And like any modern city, there’s dirty graffiti on the walls, drugs, prostitution, and syndicated crime. The Mafia, just in case you forgot, comes from
Many years ago, my father took a pilgrimage here, and a man accosted him on the street and stole his watch. That shook him to the bone. Why, of all places, in Holy Rome?
Two of our pilgrims, while walking on the street, met two men who claimed to be policemen. They asked for their passports—and wallets. Thankfully, they had very little money and left them unharmed.
Don’t get me wrong. Crime isn’t much more in
But crime in
Here’s another thing about
If not for pilgrims from all over the world, churches would be empty. Many of them have become museums.
Most Europeans no longer go to Church.
So we ask a difficult question: Why? Isn’t this where most of our favourite Saints come from? Isn’t this where God’s church has its headquarters? Wasn’t our faith exported from
A more difficult question: When the aging generation who still go to Mass pass to the next world, will Christian Rome become part of Ancient Rome? Will everything simply become a museum?
I will answer my question tomorrow.
I remain your friend,
PS. I am preaching in the United States on the following dates and places:
May 21, 2007 St. Christopher Catholic Church Moreno Valley, CA 92553-4373
May 22, 2007 St. Ciprian Church Long Beach, CA 90808
May 23, 2007 St. Patrick’s Catholic Church North Hollywood, CA 91606
May 24, 2007 St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church Walnut, CA 91789
May 25-27, 2007 Northern CA Charismatic Convention
Santa Clara Convention Center
May 27 , 2007 All Saints Church (7pm Mass), Hayward, CA 94541
May 28, 2007 St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church, SF, CA, 94124
May 29, 2007 St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, SF, CA 94080
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