We began the day by visiting the rooms of Ignatius at the Gesu, where we had Mass. The photo is of Ignatius’ shoes – somehow it makes the man seem very real.
We then went next door to the church. I made a comment yesterday about how I found the over-the-top style of Baroque churches disturbing to my Calvinist tendencies…
You know the way you can “admire” somewhere like the Bellagio in Las Vegas or Elvis’ Graceland in Memphis without wanting to associate yourself with it? Well, that’s about how I feel about the Baroque style. Wonderful for those who like that sort of thing, but not my cup of tea, thank you.
We traveled across the city to the Jesuit Headquarters where we met two American Jesuits who explained the workings of the place and they then took us to the rooftop terrace which looks directly down upon St. Peter’s Square. American TV networks pay $$$$$ to rent this primo location whenever there is a papal election.
For me, the most fascinating part was seeing a brick path in the Residence’s garden which was, they claim, laid out by Emperor Nero’s mother and which is still in daily use!
After lunch, we visited St. Ignatius Church and did a walking tour of Medieval Rome. I was completely pooped by the time we got home, flung myself on my bed and was snoozing within moments.
I dragged myself out of bed to go to yet another splendid dinner. Thank God, I don’t live here. I would weigh a ton and a half.