Our Lady and Sheen

10 kilometers high and falling (asleep)

Well, I’m currently flying 100 km East and 10 km above Little Rock, and boy are my arms tired!

I woke up yesturday, at 7:15am Roman time, it’s now 7:27pm, Roman time, and I have been able to sleep for maybe about 2 minutes since Rome. Fortunately! When it’s midnight in Houston, I’ll have been up for over 47 hours, so I should be able to sleep real well tonight!

(Don’t worry, I’m not driving home until tomorrow, although, maybe I will stay another night!)

As I come to the end of my Pilgrimage abroad, I’m excited to be in a place where the signs are easy to read… Well maybe not in Houston! I think I will have many thoughts in the coming few days, so stay tuned!


June 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 3 Comments

Money and Americans

While on the flight from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, the young lady I was sitting next to explained that she thought the Dutch were not laid back. She went on to tell me about how whenever she had a map out in New York City many people would stop and help her with directions.

This reminded me that Americans give to charities more than any other country, according to a Brittish paper I once read. Again this is highlighted by H.R.H. Prince Harry’s comments while raising money at a polo match in New York this weekend.

On the smaller scale, today walking past the currency exchange, an American was exchanging bills for Euros and it came out to 50,80, a rather awful number. I thought nothing of giving him 20 cents to make it an even Euro and save him two coins rattling. What was I going to do with 20 cents Euro, anyway?

I happened to be at the currency exchange to see if they would break my five dollars so I could take the bus when I got back to Houston. I asked him if he could break the five, and he only had $3, but was prepared to give it to me without exchange. I then told him I only needed one, and this newest benefactor gladly gave it to me, offering me safe travels.

This might happen in other countries (Thailand for one), and of course some of my countrymen would rip you off, but being in Europe has reminded me how much I love the kinship of those three letters.

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stupid Apple

Its 630am, I haven’t slept and I’m on my way to Centraal to catch the train to the airport… Except I’m not yet because the bus I was on time for blew past me even though I was standing ready when he slowed down…

Let me first begin that I almost can’t use my blackberry after the last two weeks. Second, let me say Apple sucks. Something went wrong when I was charging my iPod and it got super hot, to the point of burning my fingers… Let’s hope my warranty covers malfunctioned charging.

Before you ask, I was charging it in a converter/adaptor that I have been using just fine this whole trip.

Thanks be to God.

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Translation and commentary on the Pope’s homily

Fr. Z has some good commentary on the Pope’s homily from today’s Mass. It was amazing to be there.

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment


I have a friend who told me she was deathly afraid of escalators, at least previously in life. It turns out she was right! Half the “up” escalators in Rome had hand rails that moved about 6 feet per minute faster than the stairs! That’s two meters per minute! That’s fast when talking about hand to foot coordination, and hard for leaning on the hand rail!

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Random Stuff | | 1 Comment

Back in Amsterdam

Well, I’m on the train back to Centraal station in Amsterdam, I almost missed my connecting flight in Frankfurt, but I think God just wanted me to work off the rest of the ravioli in butter from Assisi!

I have many reflections, but am too tired to type them at the moment, so they may or may not come out in the next hour. If not, they will come out in the United States, God willing!

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Travel frustrations

It is 4:02pm, and I’m finally actually moving towards the airport to leave Rome. At 2 I was at my bus stop, rode halfway to termini, and realized I left my small bag with all my relics and camera at the bus stop. I ran all the way back to the stop praying the whole way. When I got there the bag was gone. I ran into more Americans searching for my bag than I have most of the rest of my time, here.

As I was about to breakdown at the bus stop a voice told me to go back to the convent. I did, and I had left my bag in the lobby! I now understand the parable of the woman who finds her lost coin… I think I kissed a nun!

I got back on the most crowded bus ever in the Roman heat, and made it to Termini station, a nice worker gave me a glass of water, and I walked down to the Leonardo Express to the airport at 3:15. They only take cash though, so I had to walk back to the terminal building, about .5km, get the ticket, and walk back. Then… I got on the wrong train!

I got off at the next station and managed to get to a train going to Fumicino Airport, and should get there before 5 for my 6:25 flight. Phew!

Thanks be to God!

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Fireworks in Rome

And I don’t mean two men fighting about the weather!

The fireworks have been shot off from the Castle down the road from the Vatican. Amazing the city celebrates this Holy Festival in such a way!

I decided to add a sound track by playing The Priest’s “Te Deum,” appropriate for such a feast!

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tu es Petrus

“Tu es Petrus!”. The proclamation from our Lord, the strains re-echoing this evening, and for all time! “You are Peter, and upon this rock, I shall build my church!” Five feet from me was this Rock of the faith, small in stature, wise in years, and a power beyond anything I can describe.

This man, this Priest of God, the Bishop of Rome, was incredible to behold. If in human frailities we can be so blessed to see such holiness of charity, then what will it be like when we stand in awe of that perfect holiness that is the beatific vision! How much more enlightened do we need to become to realize that the Lord, truly present in the Eucharist is more humble and holy than the best of us.

But, “tu es Petrus,” and I cannot believe that anyone who saw H.H. Pope Benedict XVI, could remain unmoved. That is why the forces of darkness and evil are turned against him, as the did his predecessor, as they did Christ. But, a man of such charity, loving his neighbor because of an over-abundance of love for God, will turn such sufferings and unite it with the sufferings of the Cross, and in doing so will save many souls from eternal damnation.

Prayer for the Holy Father
(especially to be said after the Holy Rosary)

V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.
R. The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him to be blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

Our Father, Hail Mary

Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant, N., our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to Thy loving-kindness, in the way of eternal salvation; that, of thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen (Roman Ritual).

Our Lady, pray for us and the Pope!
Archbishop Sheen, lover of Peter and Mary, pray for us and the Pope!

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Papal MC

I just shook hands with Msgr. Guido Marini, the Papal Master of Ceremonies! He came over to greet a priest that he knew, and very affably offered me a hand shake. It was a great handshake, you could tell the joy this man has, even with such a stressful job!

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment