Father Jerry and I had a brief Skype chat today. He truly does not have a lot of free time and it violates the spirit of sabbatical to be in too much contact with us, but I was grateful for 3-4 minutes of catching up, real time.
He said that it is snowing in Rome, the first time in many years! That photo was taken from his room. He was walking home from the Vatican and it was raining. He had gone up the wrong hill; he could see his room, but there was nothing but a big wall preventing his entry. He walked and walked and finally got himself to where he was, first in a lot of rain and then in the snow! Finally he got himself home and sent me this photo. (Here is a link to one news article about this unusual weather.)
Rome really seems to suit him and he sounded very happy and peaceful. For the two seconds of video that worked, he looked great.
He sends his every prayer this way and has remembered us all in prayers and when he offers mass. Today he and the other sabbatical priests celebrated mass at the Tomb of St. Peter. That sounds so amazing. Please keep Father Jerry and all the priests in your prayers! This next photo was taken during Vespers at the St. Peter’s with the Holy Father.