My view for a while and Z’s Law

I am on my way to Rome today, thanks to all of you… quite a few of you!

Of course this is when Zuhlsdorf’s Law clicks in big time. Many of you will remember Zuhlsdorf’s Law. Many of you will remember how it affected me the last time I was in Rome.

As I was doing a check of the blog this morning it would not load. “Of course!”, quoth I, or … words to that effect.

I found out that there are larger Internet backbone problems today. I suspect a certain “administration”.

My view for a while.


Exactly as I post this, it hits me that I forgot to wash the dishes. And there are 7 children under 2 on the plane.


The next leg. Gasp… I loathe these flights.



We have arrived.

I have a short term apartment again.

Nice terrace!


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  1. Priam1184 says:

    Bon voyage Father! Say hi to the Pantheon for me.

  2. Deo volente says:

    Any chance the “Super Moon” has anything to do with it? Or perhaps another grand solar ejection? [Hmmmmm.] On the bright side, God IS your co-pilot!

    Blessings in Roma, Pater!

  3. wanda says:

    Bon voyage, Fr. Z. Prayers for your safe travels. (And a prayer for very sleepy children.)

  4. Therese says:

    “Exactly as I post this, it hits me that I forgot to wash the dishes. And there are 7 children under 2 on the plane.”

    Ah, the dishes. You may safely contemplate them from this distance. ;-)

    Be sure to bless all those children. Every time I hear a baby cry, I am reminded of the 50 million and counting who will never utter a sound. A safe trip, Father.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Say hi to Supertradson if you see him in Rome. He is going this week. [I’ll watch for someone carrying a box around.]

  6. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    “I found out that there are larger Internet backbone problems today.” Maybe that’s why I couldn’t update mine either….

  7. acardnal says:

    Father Z, you once commented during the making of one of your sumptuous Sunday dinners that you cleaned the dishes as you cook. What happened?!

  8. APX says:

    Exactly as I post this, it hits me that I forgot to wash the dishes.

    Don’t worry. They’ll be there when you return. Trust me. It could be worse. I’m returning to a city that’s under water and the roads I need to back home were being closed as I was leaving on them due to flood waters overtaking them.

    As for the children…St. Matilda is the patron saint of misbehaving children…

  9. acardnal says:

    APX, I saw news footage of the flooding in Calgary. Didn’t look good at all! Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. iPadre says:

    I was hoping to attend Sacra Liturgia. Look forward to your posts. Just hope there is a Sacra Liturgia 2014! Safe travels.

  11. Supertradmum says:

    Fr. Z, hope not…although who knows where the diocese wants him to deliver those sem mags….have a great trip and kids under two are better than a college women’s hockey team coming back after a win…arggh–all hyper in the aisles

  12. Deo volente says: June 23rd

    “SOLAR WIND CONTINUES BLOWING: For the second day in a row, a fast stream of solar wind is blowing around Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on June 23rd in response to the buffeting.”

    “SOLSTICE SOLAR FLARE: The northern summer solstice began with a bang. On June 21st at 03:16 UT, sunspot AR1777 produced a long-duration M2-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the flare’s extreme ultraviolet flash and a plume of material flying out of the blast site:

    As sunspots go, AR1777 is neither large nor apparently menacing, yet it has been crackling with flares for days. Before it rotated over the sun’s eastern limb on June 20th, it unleashed a series of farside flares and CMEs. The solstice explosion was not Earth directed, but future explosions could be as the sun’s rotation continues to turn AR1777 toward our planet. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of M-flares and a 5% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.”

    Shrug… ;-o)

  13. Dear Father Z,

    Would you be able to provide your notes on Abp. Sample’s talk?

  14. Eraser says:

    Buon viaggio – I’m afraid that screaming toddlers are standard issue on practically every flight nowadays, so perhaps we just have to consider it as penance. ; )

    My late father was a professor who taught a study-abroad program in Vatican City every summer. Every time he ran into an American priest or religious, he’d press a wad of bills into their hands. If he were alive, he’d be there now and I’d alert you to his whereabouts.

  15. JFoushee says:

    I was happy to bring along a family with six beautiful children on my flight from Amsterdam today! Praise God, people are having children … and traveling with them! The Dutch one-year old traveling in Business Elite with her parents was a joy. I’m working flights from Rome on 4 and 7 July (your airline of choice). I’ll look for you! Godspeed.

  16. liebemama says:

    Happy Feast Day, Father!
    It is wonderful that you can celebrate this day in Rome. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

  17. Marysann says:

    Father Z, are you going to attempt another get together with local readers of your blog? The last time you scheduled one here in Rome, it rained so hard that we had a flood in our apartment. I hope that the weather cooperates for your trip this time.

  18. DisturbedMary says:

    You said: I suspect a certain “administration”.

    Is that “administration” with a capital (Capitol) A?

    Tell my paranoid soul no.

  19. wanda says:

    Glad to see you have arrived safe and sound. That terrace looks great. Nice place for an evening glass of wine, a snack, friends and perhaps a cigar? Enjoy, Fr. Z.

  20. SKAY says:

    Thank you for the updates, Father. Have a wonderful time. Like the terrace.

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