Italy is back to work and most are now back from holiday. Everybody was at work today at the Vatican. Seen this morning were Archbishops Piero Marini and then Malcolm Ranjith, both in St. Peter's Square. As usual, Archbishop Ranjith had a nice word with a kind smile.
The summer days on the beach have passed. It's just nature's annual way. Now there's clouds each day instead of the cloudless summer beach days. The days are getting shorter. It's getting dark earlier. Each night it gets chilly.
The notti d'estate are gone. The gentle evening breeze. Gleam of the moon atop the sea. Gelato and a walk in the dark before bedtime. Concerts and kiosks and late-night walks in the resort towns near Rome. And even a Cuban cigar now and then.
Such dynamism in this still Catholic land. Thank You, Father, for bringing us here. Catholicus Romanus sum, gratia Dei!