Sunday, August 31, 2014


The definition of socio-cultural hegemony:

When a Somalian vendor is selling NY-themed baseball caps in Venice...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Decollation of John the Baptist

Today marks the Memorial of the Decollation (Beheading) of John the Baptist. In memory of the occasion, this afternoon I took a walk over to the church of San Silvestro in Capite which is not too far from where I live.

The 'in capite' bit of the church's title indicates that, since 1169 this has been the home of the head of St. John the Baptist.

Today's gospel recounts the beheading of John the Baptist.

As we mark this memorial we might recall the price of discipleship. St. John is sometimes described as the first martyr. He was imprisoned for his fidelity to the truth. Even while imprisoned he continued to preach.


First, a little update as to what I have been doing for the last two months or so. I arrived in Rome in early July, spent a couple of days getting settled into the Casa Santa Maria as well as getting started on some immigration paperwork and appointments. I soon moved to Assisi for about a month to work on beginning my Italian studies. My classes in Canon Law will be in Italian and, as a result, I need to learn a bit before the fall!

I had four hours of classes each morning followed by lunch and then another two hours of classes. In the evenings I did not have much assigned homework, but needed to dedicate an hour or two each evening to reviewing and revising my work so that I could get at least a little bit of grammar and vocabulary into my brain.

As a result, I have not had much energy to post on the blog. Sorry!

I took the last few days as a bit of a vacation in order to unwind and re-set a bit. I traveled to Venice, a place I have long wanted to visit and had never been to before. At the moment I am back in Rome and hoping to continue some Italian studies over the coming weeks as I get ready for Canon Law classes to begin in about a month.

Hopefully, I can post a bit more often now that I am back to a bit of 'normalcy'!