Monday, February 09, 2009

Random Rome

People waiting in government offices look the same in every part of the world.

This was where we waited to be seen by the nice lady who gave me my "codice fiscale". (Don't ask me, but you need one to get a bank account in Italy.) It was just under an hour, but it was OK because I brought along a friend to chat with and Pride and Prejudice to read.


In the office last week, we entertained Rabbi Yehuda Levin who stopped in Rome for a day on his way to Israel. Rabbi Levin has long been a favourite of mine and of my little pro-life activist friends, for his good humour and all-around good-eggishness. It is always a pleasure to see him and he always remembers the last time he spoke with you, even if it was years and years. He recalled with perfect clarity a conversation we had at least seven years ago when I had the pleasure of escorting him to his limo at a conference where he had been a featured speaker. He asked me then why I wasn't married. Taken somewhat aback, I replied that I didn't really know, but that no one suitable had made the offer. He responded, with all seriousness, "Call me. I know every nice Catholic boy in New York." He probably does too.

My kind of office and a very congenial place to work.

So, how's February where you are? It's spring here and this is the laburnum (or something quite like a laburnum) tree that is in full bloom in the garden next door to JP Sonnen and Chris Wells' place. There are daffodils all over the place and the little geckos and lizards that live in the clover are coming out into the sun to warm up. They have the most amusing way of running and when I startled one on the train platform the other day, I laughed out loud when it ran for cover. They're very fast though and I despair of ever catching one.

Took these pics this morning. Spring.

A balcony, a little puff, a cup of tea and a copy of Maritain stuffed in one's pocket. The good life of a Roman theology student.

What does it say? It says the same thing all pro-life posters say, "You can't kill people to solve your problems". Or theirs, in the case of euthanasia.

"Eluana, do not be afraid, Rome does not desert you".

We are waiting to find out what will happen to Eluana.

If you can spare a prayer for her and for Italy, we'd appreciate it.


Zach said...

They're very fast though and I despair of ever catching one.

Those are the lizards one shoots to impress Garibaldian soldiers, no?


DP said...

Envy, emerald green envy from here in slowly-thawing Michigan.

Editor said...

Hilary, Thank you for your excellent reporting about very important issues that are often not covered and also the everyday photos, with good sensibilites
in the midst of everything. The recent posting on Archbishop Burke
was a great presentation.

Did you by chance get to speak to the good Rabbi about his view on Bishop Williamson's statements and the Society of Pius X with the horrible media uproar against our beloved Pope Benedict? Although enough press has been focused on it in a terribly wrong way by anti-Catholic or dissenting half-catholic anti-vatican press, it seems that the more faithful Catholic press could do something to alleviate this by presenting views of rabbis that do not view the catholic church or catholic traditionalists in such a negative
pathological lens.

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your office looks wonderful, you have such good book shelves and such a good library.