The Roamin' Roman

Benvenuto! You have happened upon the blog of a wandering Catholic American college student studying for a year in Rome, the Eternal City. You will find here my pontifications, ruminations, reflections, images, and ponderings on my life in Rome. Ciao!

Tuesday, September 13

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The tomb of St. Therese. Her body is actually in a casket underneath the glass case - the figure in the case is only a statue of her, wearing her clothes and holding a rose from the time period. High above her is the original family statue of "Our Lady of the Smile", called such because the statue "smiled" at Therese when she was young and she was miraculously cured of a serious illness. All around the tomb are flowers offered by individuals and families in both petition and thanksgiving - the sisters come in and out only to bring out flowers. The tomb itself is out of reach by us, behind an immense iron grill, it is actually in the cloistered part of the chapel where only the sisters go.


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