Yesterday evening the guests of honour at our special formal dinner were Cardinal Pell and Cardinal Burke. As you can see I had the pleasure of posing with the latter for a photograph and I took the opportunity to thank him sincerely, as a husband and father as well as a priest, for his robust defence of the family at the recent synod.
Today South American prelate, Cardinal Amato, is addressing us and taking questions. There is then a meeting time for the clergy and some spare time to further explore the city. For me the opportunity to purchase some new clerical shirts.
This afternoon we celebrate Mass at the church of ‘St Paul outisde the walls’ before supper and convivium. Visiting Rome’s historic churches is part of the joy of this conference. Yesterday Fr Nicholas and I trekking to the charming “quo vadis”. A Latin phrase meaning “where are you going?”
This is the name of the churh because it stands on the site where, according to tradition, Peter, fleeing Rome, witnessed the risen Christ who posed the question. Peter came to his senses and replied “I am returning to Rome to die for my Lord” and he turned on his heal to face his destiny.
He then returned to the city and was put to death. In the interior of this fine church one finds depictions of St Peter on the left hand walls. Each faces a depiction of Christ on the right. Reminding us that Jesus was ever before him and with him.
Does Jesus need to pose the question “quo vadis?” to you? What do you need to turn from and to in order to restore and refresh your faith anew.