I’m so very happy to be Jesus’ priest. As the ancient of days Italian priest friends would put it, 24 years of offering Holy Mass. It’s all about Jesus.
Alexamenos, pictured above, has been a major influence in my life. Thanks go to him, who is most likely a Jewish convert to the Church, who was surely soon martyred after this etching was made in the Imperial School on the Circus Maximus side of the Palatine.
It’s on days like today I’m so very tempted to get out my 750 page ecclesiastical thriller novel “Jackass for the Hour” which I wrote under the pen name Renzo di Lorenzo in between chapters of writing my doctoral thesis on Genesis 2:4–3:24 over in Rome. The cover [(c) George David Byers] for that book, was painted by an autistic boy upon seeing a donkey (permission from the parents for the painting).
The book needs plenty of revision, as I wrote it ten years ago. Much has changed since then. People upon whom characters are based have died or moved on, politics in the Holy See have changed, my own spiritual life has developed in whatever way…