Saint John Lateran in the Morning Light

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This is the view from the window directly across from my cell. Looking west across the terrace and gardens of Santa Croce, I can see the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in the morning light. I shall never grow accustomed to seeing such sights. In Jam, Christe, Sol Iustitiae, the hymn at Lauds during Lent, we sing:

O Christ, Thou Sun of Justice, come,
Pierce with Thy rays our mental gloom;
With virtue light our souls once more,
And unto earth Thy day restore.


What a view !
Who could grow accustomed to such a sight ?
I lived in Rome many years ago (I wish I lived there still).
There was no experience like that of a sunlit Roman morning : at about 6 am., before the heat and dust of the day, and the noise of the traffic.
Such mornings always filled me with joy and hope.
Sol iustitiae !
What an apt hymn of praise.

O Roma felix !

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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