Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2013
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
It can be a great experience to go and spend time in another country.
Experiencing another culture for a period of time can be an opportunity to broaden one’s horizons and grow as a person. We can learn to appreciate that there are many legitimate ways to live and accomplish tasks.
Naturally we will appreciate some aspects of the culture more than others.
He was “cut to the heart” in discovering Christian captives
St. Peter Nolasco was shocked and moved in finding Christians held captive and in danger of losing their faith. Read more about his heroic life and what he did about it on the website of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy.
Visit the Mercedarians’ Facebook page.
In my travels to Italy, particularly Rome, I have noticed that they have a much different perspective on laws. It seems that many traffic codes are seen more as “suggestions” rather than mandatory. For example, there are designated places to park in each city and town, but often people just park any place that seems to be out of the way. They seem to get away with this so long as it is not directly in traffic. Another example is with cross walks. In Rome, there are cross walks with signals, but they are just guidelines. The “unwritten rule” is that the pedestrian can just walk across at any time so long as they are confident, and the cars will stop. Continue Reading…