“Father, it has been eleven years.” I had thought about going to confession in Rome but didn’t actually plan on doing it. I have been to confession only on 3 occasions – my Communion, my Confirmation, and another random time. I know being shy is not an excuse not to go to confession at least once a year like a good Catholic should but I’ve never been able to get around the misconstrued idea of being able to do whatever ill you want then go to confession for forgiveness. I blame the Mafia movies where going to confession is an interlude between murders.
My tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Forums was by Through Eternity. The guide was Tom, another American, trained as an actor, who had been in Rome for over a decade. The group of 14 visitors was also entirely American. Through the drizzle, Tom gave us background history. He pointed out the ruins while acting out various scenes of what may have ensued there centuries ago. He brought ancient Rome to life and he was quite funny.
Ruins of the forum: the last picture is the burial-place of Julius Ceasar.
Not wanting to return home to wallow in my misery, I took the Metro to Piramide and then Bus 118 to the Appian Way.
Via Appia Antica, completed in 312 BC, is like ancient Europe’s first highway. It linked Rome to its expanding empire to the East. It was along this road that St. Paul was led as a prisoner into Rome in AD 56. It was very important during the times of pilgrimages as it led to the Basilica and Catacombs of San Sebastiano as well as other catacombs. In ancient Rome, the dead had to be buried outside the city walls hence all these catacombs and “necropolis” around the city.