A Time to Say Goodbye

Written by Allyson Escobar for her Lolo (Grandpa) Pete Lagrosa. Throughout his life, Pedro "Pete" Lagrosa, 81, has always cared for others. He admires the Italian saints Padre Pio, St. Peregrine, and St. Francis of Assisi for their qualities of courage, devotion, and sympathy for people everywhere. Wanting to pray and follow in their holy footsteps, …

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The Pope’s Angelus

"Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of …

When in Rome… Roam

Here's the thing I've discovered after two weeks in Italy: in order to truly discover a place, you must be willing to roam. (& in a city like Rome, literally.) I mean that in every sense of the word: walking, following a map or smartphone GPS, getting on a segway or bike tour, whatever tickles your fancy. …

Falling for Florence

Florence, Firenze to Italians, is fantastically rich. Rich in culture, history, art, music, theatre, you name it. Rich in community, in spirit, liveliness, and authenticity. The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, of famous artists like Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, & the mecca of European art and culture. It is the place thousands of tourists each year flock to, if only …