One of my joys is being with friends and family when they come to town. The other day, I got an email from my cousin Anne Marie. Anne is closest in age to me among my many cousins, and someone I have always thought the world of. She had just learned I was in Rome, and she and her husband Mike were in town with his choir!  

It was a delight to begin a long overdue process of swapping stories and catching up. Mike’s St. Vincent Camerata, at the Benedictine Sant’Anselmo all’Aventino, performed a program spanning 450 years of sacred music, from Palestrina to gospel. Even Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning! Thankfully, Anne had brought tissues.

Thank you dear cousin, for bringing me the living and joyful Christ in family.


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