‘…Brunelleschi, Medici and several generations of Florentines eventually saw it built, despite persecution, disbelief in the integrity of the design and enormous practical hurdles. So never stop believing, just keep taking the next step.’
‘The words of this chant are ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum’ (‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, turn back to the Lord your God’). They can be applied to the whole world. God wants us to turn to Him in love and it is never too late.’
‘All your sins can be forgiven by God if you simply go to Confession, or the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as it is properly called. Do not fear Confession… Everyone wants to be forgiven for something, or many things, and this is a tremendous opportunity for God’s ‘lost sheep’ to come back to their loving shepherd.’
I am monotonous. In the words of one of the characters from the popular Irish sitcom, ‘Father Ted,’ ‘I have a fierce boring and dreary voice.’ While this is not the case all the time, this is something I’ve had said about me on several occasions. It’s not that nice to hear but it wasn’t…
‘Insofar as you are willing to point out someone’s fault to them, directly to their face with a view to helping them correct it, you can speak critically about them.’ If we are not willing to speak to someone directly and risk a negative reaction, we shouldn’t speak at all, as to do so is cowardly.
As I reflect on my time in Rome, it is quite clear that I would have none of these fond memories if I had chosen to take the safe option that summer and stay at home. That’s what my gut told me to do. Yet I knew I had to override that survival instinct because I would have never known what I had missed out on.