Posted by: lettersfromrome | September 8, 2008

Return to Assisi


Dear Mom,

September 08, 2008, Feast

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


This past weekend we took three days and went to Assisi for a class pilgrimage.  A part of me wished that we were going somewhere new that I had not been before, since I was already pretty familiar with all the sites around Assisi.  But it was really nice to go back and spend a few days there not having to worry about studying Italian but just to pray and spend time with my classmates.



The priests here gave some really good talks on developing brotherhood.  On Friday we had Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis and it was nice to be able to spend some more time in front of his tomb.  Then on Saturday we went to the hermitage and had an outdoor Mass there.  It is such a beautiful place and the view is amazing, I felt bad for the guys who had not been to Assisi before because it was really hazy and foggy that day for some reason and that made the view not how it normally is.



But even with the foggy view of below, the hermitage is a beautiful and peaceful place.  I was thinking some this weekend about how amazing it is that 800 years after the life of St. Francis people still flock to this medieval town.  And it is all because of this little poor man who gave up everything to beg for bread and preach about God.



On Sunday before leaving we had Mass at St. Clare.  Overall I would say it was a very nice trip back to Assisi.  Now we have a few more weeks of studying Italian back in Rome before classes start in October.  Hopefully my Italian will be good enough by then to be able to understand what is going on in my theology classes.  I keep telling my guardian angel that I am here and putting forth the effort and it is going to be his job to make sure I understand it well enough or else I will tell Jesus on him that he is not doing his job.


Today is the feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I love Marian feast days and this is no exception.  Today we celebrate how the Virgin Mary was born of David’s seed.  Through her the salvation of the world has been revealed to all believers, when the most holy Virgin was born, the whole world was made radiant.  Let us joyfully celebrate the birth of blessed Mary so that she may intercede for us before Jesus Christ the Lord.



“Who is this that comes forth like the dawn,

as beautiful as the moon, as resplendent as the sun,

as awe-inspiring as bannered troops?”

-Song of Songs 6:10



Blessed Virgin Mary,

Pray for us.


With Love from Rome,
Your Son



  1. Did you take all these pictures on your blog, Adam? Except the ones of you, of course.

    If so, they are really good. If not, they are still good, but it’s not really a compliment to your skills…just your taste in pictures.

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