The Eternal City

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Below is a reflection I wrote regarding my time thus far in the Eternal City. Enjoy!

The Eternal City

From eternity You have called me
A mission in life You have entrusted to me
A reason for being, a way to love
And serve You eternally
When it came time You showed
Me my reason for being
My head understood but my heart could not
Comprehend the meaning of this call
So You brought people in my life
Who sent me to the heart of Your Church
Here would I dwell for four months
As a pilgrim and student
Living among fellow pilgrims
In a place where I can hear Your Voice more clearly
Than ever I have before.
So I packed my bags and took a leap of faith
And now dwell I here in this Eternal City
The hometown of every disciple
Like Cinderella at the ball, I dance with my bride, Your Church
And with her have I fallen in love
At midnight the clock will strike twelve and I’ll have to leave the ball
But for now will I enjoy the dance.
I found True Love in Rome
And now my heart understands this call
My reason for being
And for it I will give my all
For the sake of Your Call.


Anonymous,  Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 6:09:00 PM PST  

What happened to "Nun2Be"? It looks like all of her posts (including her introduction) have been removed from this blog--like she never even existed. Is there some techno. error going on?

Matthew Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 6:36:00 PM PST  

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. After a quick check, she still has 11 posts on Holy Vocations currently, but her introduction does seem to be missing.

I will inquire what has occurred. Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 7:40:00 AM PST  

I'd like to offer this story on my application that brings the prayer on iPhone.
I believe that prayer is Christian and Catholic from spreading. You wonder why you can publish the news and if you can spread it to your friends on the blog.


fr. Paolo Padrini

Sacred texts: Vatican embraces iTunes prayer book
5 days ago
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is endorsing new technology that brings the book of daily prayers used by priests straight onto iPhones.
The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications is embracing the iBreviary, an iTunes application created by a technologically savvy Italian priest, the Rev. Paolo Padrini, and an Italian Web designer.
The application includes the Breviary prayer book — in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Latin and, in the near future, Portuguese and German. Another section includes the prayers of the daily Mass, and a third contains various other prayers.
After a free trial period in which the iBreviary was downloaded approximately 10,000 times in Italy, an official version was released earlier this month, Padrini said.
The application costs euro0.79 ($1.10), while upgrades will be free. Padrini's proceeds are going to charity.
Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, praised the new application Monday, saying the Church "is learning to use the new technologies primarily as a tool or as a mean of evangelizing, as a way of being able to share its own message with the world."
Pope Benedict XVI, a classical music lover who was reportedly given an iPod in 2006, has sought to reach out to young people through new media. During last summer's World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, he sent out mobile phone text messages citing scripture to thousands of registered pilgrims — signed with the tagline "BXVI."

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