Did you know that the idiom "When in Rome...", meaning to follow the local custom, allegedly stems from Saint Ambrose's answer to Saint Augustine when Augustine asked whether they should fast on Saturday as Romans did, or not, as in Milan? It appeared in English by about 1530 and remains so well known that it is often shortened, as above. Though we won't be fasting on Saturday (unless of course you want to), we will have the opportunity to do as the Romans do... and as faithful throughout the centuries have done in a Jubilee Year!
One wonderful way to prepare for our time in Rome, besides reading these fun emails, is to read "A Holy Year in Rome: The Complete Pilgrims Guide for the Year of Mercy." We read it and we love it!
In "A Holy Yearn Rome," Joan Lewis takes you back in time for a look at the history of Jubilees, and then brings you to the present with a visit to the seven pilgrim basilicas of Rome and the immeasurable treasures of Rome and the Vatican.
You'll learn of the many special graces you can receive this year, as well as countless fun facts such as the significance of the Holy Doors, the key features of Catholic architecture, the liturgical customs that are unique to the Jubilee of Mercy, how to obtain an indulgence, and so much more.
If you haven't purchased yours yet, here's the link -> A Holy Year in Rome. Also, be sure to pack your copy! It will make for a great reference book while we celebrate this Year of Mercy in the Eternal City!
Looking forward to journeying with you!