Angelo custode aiuta a illuminare l'altare della Basilica Minore di San Lorenzo in Lucina - Roma
"Guardian angel helps to illuminate the altar of the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina - Rome"...
Artistic, meaningful and profound, this is a personal favorite from my 2019 Pilgrimage to Italy. After a spiritual Mass at St. Peters Basilica and intense tour of the Vatican, lunchtime with my friend and pilgrim, Patrick, proved inspirational. Forgoing the Coliseum, we aimed for Piazza del Popolo. Our eyes were on the famous Caravaggio paintings located in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo. The “Crucifixion of Peter” and the “Conversion of Saint Paul” were found to be illusive on my previous visit. The security guard blocked the doorway and turned off the lights to the small chapel inside the Basilica every time I came near. We found the Basilica under reconstruction, waiting for an opening, then rushed inside to find darkness and disarray everywhere. Finally, finding the dark chapel, our eyes could not focus enough to discover the paintings. Suddenly, the light arose and the Caravaggio’s were an arm’s length away. We expeditiously actuated our cameras and euphorically clicked away. Just as hastily, a mysterious guard clicked off the lights. Waltzing out in an adrenalin rush having stood so close to the priceless paintings… we decided to take on the bustling Roma. We stumbled into a bellissimo neighborhood called Lucina and settled at a bistro for an aperitivo. The ancient Basilica of St. Lawrence built in 366 AD, was adjacent to our table and required a visit. As I walked in, I was startled by the brilliant sunlight coming through the window directly upon the majestic angel. The vision reminded me of our precious life and how disappointment sometimes leads to great respite and understanding. The Angel was reaching out touching the hand of Christ becoming illuminated. I know the same happened on this very day for a couple of wide-eyed exploring Pilgrims who metaphorically reached out and were blessed by an uncharacteristic joy and an unexpected grace.
- Dino Carbetta
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