All wonderful. I noticed, however, that I had no desire to participate actively as part of this joyful community. Maybe it’s because I’m not Roman Catholic; maybe because I have chosen to travel alone; maybe because I could watch the tree lighting from my apartment window—probably all three.
Thinking further for this prayerdiary blog, I notice that when traveling alone I have little interest in attending a church service, whereas at home, Sunday worship is part of my routine. One reason I travel alone is to step away from community. Here in Florence I walk around with God and spend time in churches. God in Trinity is very present to me. I guess I don’t need community and ritual for these two weeks.