Darn Rick Steves! They replayed his European Christmas special with footage of the holidays from all over Europe including Italy, Switzerland, Norway and Austria. It made me want to jump on a plane! Someday... perhaps Rome for Christmas? Yes, I think so.
These photos are from last spring but with the gold gilt and nativity painting they fit the Christmas theme. Plus, any excuse to post Italy photos!
Built with funds donated by Catherine de Medici
and the "heart" of Rome's French Catholic community.
It also houses three amazing Caravaggios!
Enter the innermost sanctuary of the soul.
... Remember and realize
the forgotten image of God within you.
Each of us is a child of God.
We are born of His spirit,
in all its purity and glory and joy.
True prayer is an expression of the soul,
an urge from the soul.
It is a hunger for God that arises from within,
expressing itself to Him ardently, silently.
Constantly, inwardly, talk to Him;
then He cannot remain away from you.
Remain in the castle of His presence ...
Carry within you
a portable heaven.