Viva il Papa

April 26, 2014

We made it, we’re here!

Actually we got in Thursday morning, Rome time, and it has been an incredible trip so far, and by incredible I mean that John Paul bit his father in public, and nobody freaked out on the flights.

The Borgo neighborhood where we’re staying, just blocks from St. Peter’s, is filling up with pilgrims from all over the world – mostly Polish, but from everywhere, really. Last night at dinner with our Archbishop, a priest at a neighboring table took a phone call and then burst into happy tears upon hanging up. He eventually came over to our table bearing a faded image of a young man in vestments being anointed by the Pope.

It was himself, he explained, being ordained a priest by (soon to be) Pope St. John the 23rd, and that phone call he just received was the Vatican inviting him to concelebrate the mass of Canonization on Sunday morning.

That’s just the kind of stuff that happens in Rome, and on pilgrimage. So we’re cautiously optimistic about tomorrow morning. We’re not camping out tonight; we’re sleeping snugly in our beds with plans to leave our apartment by 7 am and flash our press passes to as many guards as it takes to get into the Square – or at least onto Via della Concilliazione. Our fingers are crossed and our hearts are full as we prepare to enter into the great feast of Divine Mercy and to give thanks for the Giver of Divine Mercy for His faithful servant, John Paul II.

Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII, pray for us!

(Oh, and Pope Emeritus Benedict is going to be concelebrating! – 4 popes in one day, how craaaaaazy is that?!)


  • Reply Beth (A Mom's Life) April 26, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    So happy you made it safely and with no problems! Praying that you get through easily in the morning with your press passes.

  • Reply Lea Singh April 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Wow, you are so lucky to be in Rome!!! I will be living vicariously through you as you experience this incredible moment. Have a wonderful time!!!

  • Reply Mary Wilkerson April 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Ah….I can’t stand the awesome! Thank you so much for sharing 😉

  • Reply Alzbeta April 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Woooo! I may have just had a wave of envy hit me, but I am SO excited you made it safely, and will be praying all goes well in the morning! Thank you for letting us get a little taste of the action through your fam.

  • Reply Rosie April 26, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    This is just so so SO exciting!!! Prayers that all goes smoothly for you all tomorrow (today?) 🙂

  • Reply Molly I April 27, 2014 at 1:15 am

    My family has been praying for you all this week! Blessings!!!

  • Reply Theresa April 27, 2014 at 1:20 am

    YAYAYAY! I’ll continue to stalk your blog over the next few days.

  • Reply thesewallsblog.com April 27, 2014 at 4:44 am

    So glad you made it there safely and without major meltdowns. What happy, great pictures of you all. Best to you as you navigate the crowds tomorrow (er, today)!

  • Reply Bonnie April 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Living vicariously through you is so much fun!

    Thank you for the prayers!

  • Reply Kaitlin @ More Like Mary April 28, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I’m waiting not so patiently to see how close you got!!!!!

  • Reply Deb April 29, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Jenny, you look absolutely radiant!

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