I am in Rome, and I am running. Obviously. What is not so obvious, is what I am learning. This is where the pope is and the headquarters of the Catholic Christian faith. This place is steeped in history and tradition. But that is not what I am learning. Paul and Peter, two of the apostles of Jesus met their violent end here. Paul was beheaded, and Peter was crucified upside down according to tradition. The followers of Jesus were killed by wild animals in the Colosseum and used as human torches set on fire by Caesar Nero. But this is not what I am learning.

I am learning about prayer. About the open arms of a savior and friend that invites me to come close enough to hear His voice. Instead of fretting about the day and all its challenges, we can make our first thought as we wake up adoration and praise to Him. He shows us what we need to pray for, and when we do it, He takes action.

He also shows us what to do, and we need to obey. This is what Peter and Paul did. And we may think that it did not end well for them. Wrong. In fact, it has not ended for them yet since they are spending eternity in the presence of their Friend.

All these pictures have been taken on my various running excursions of the city.

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St. Peter’s Square
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Jesus says: “Come to me all who are tired and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

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The Pantheon

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Trevi Fountain
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Made out of plastic soda bottle caps.
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A highway exclusively for bicycles and pedestrians. With lanes…
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Graffiti is everywhere.
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The trees and the trash. Not one of the cleanest European cities.

I am planning to go to the Colosseum later today.

Keep running

Stephan

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