I was one of those people.
Some people got to watch the helicopter take off from the Vatican on TV.
And I was less than a mile away.
Lots of people read about saints in books and online.
We saw incorrupt saints and had Mass at their tombs.
Only the Pope and appointed Cardinals can say Mass at the high altar in St. John Lateran.
But when there's no Pope, our own Franciscan friars can say Mass there for us.
The area around St. Francis' tomb is somewhat small.
But our awesome travel agent got all 200 of us permission to have Mass there anyway.
(Can you tell that Mass was kinda one of the highlights of the trip?!)
And then there are "everyday" blessings- Old Bridge gelato, 'Habemus Pizza', praise and worship at the seminary in Rome, having a dear friend for dinner with the school, and walking through the streets of Assisi with a wise Friar.
I can't comprehend how many times we all looked at each other after one experience or another and thought "That shouldn't have just happened. We shouldn't have been able to experience that". And yet it did, and we were.
As I think through these last 2 weeks, I will be posting my thoughts about Rome, Siena, and Assisi.
Sts. Francis and Clare, Pray for us!