Return from Switzerland

Driving down to MontreuxThis blog post is still on a lonely folder of my PC, but within a few weeks I hope to bring this blog online and there’s no reason to not start blogging now knowing the posts will appear online eventually. Over the last few weeks it’s been more of a “Roaming” Catholic experience. Yesterday I returned to Rome after spending Holy Week and the Easter Octave in Les Avants, Switzerland as chaplain for a group of chaperons and students visiting from Woodlands Academy, Ireland. On my last day we headed down into Montreux so that I could catch the train to the Geneva Airport.

I had one last opportunity to see Lake Geneva, surround by beautiful French and Swiss mountains before a quick lunch and off to thLake Geneva from Montreuxe train station. My time in Switzerland was restful and productive (this website being one of the productive things I worked on). My first impression back in the house was that we really went all out to decorate the center with flowers to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord. The driveway immediately in front of the entrance was lined with flowers in addition to the flowers planted in the gardens. The bloom of spring had already begun in Rome; Switzerland was a little behind in terms of temperature, but not by much.

Geneva Airport

Just another beautiful Easter reminder that spring shows us how something seemingly dead can veritably explode back to life.

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St. Joseph, Pray for Us

St JosephThis post was made on a lonely little test folder on my PC, but the Solemnity of St. Joseph is the perfect day to write my first real blog post. St. Joseph has helped me in practical matters throughout my life (especially the last financial hurdle to entering the seminary: the sale of my townhouse), and I know he will bless this blog that I am beginning on his feast day.

This blog, like this website, is a work under construction. I hope to build it little by little, blog by blog, in order to give back even a fraction of what I have received. I hope it helps us all to grow in holiness like St. Joseph.