Summoned by Pope Francis. Come with me on my trip to Rome. Leaving now.

byers dance paul vi audience hall

Pope Francis requires us remaining Missionaries of Mercy to return to Rome just now for what he has in the past called “Phase Two”. Not sure what that’s about, perhaps just a bit of a review, a bit of encouragement regarding the peripheries. As Paul says, these peripheries are precisely what I’ve set myself to be about as a priest. But maybe now, besides the special faculties, perhaps there will be something more about dealing with corrupt organizations.

As long time readers know, I’ve always had interesting times in my travels, and that Main State and the FBI both warned me about this because of a certain difficulty with my identity: “Who are you anyway?” But recently I’ve been able to establish myself as myself with success:

  • When I got my CCW the other year, my jumps through extensive background checks at local, state and federal levels went just fine.
  • When, just some months ago, I put in a certain case to the FBI and a bit later asked why it was taking a number of weeks to hear back, I was told that multiple levels and varieties of investigations on me – much more extensive – had to take place first. That happened. Passed just fine. Not that that’s a surprise. But good to know.
  • When I put in for my Federal “Gold Star” I.D. just the other week – so, just before getting on the plane – all went well again. It just came in the mail just in time, 38 hours ago as of this writing. So, that’s recent enough.

So it looks like I’m good to go as me, as it were, so to speak. However, I note that my requested seat on Delta out of Atlanta has been changed on me at the last second. I’m sure it happens to everyone all the time. It sure does to me. I can’t remember a time that some official of some kind didn’t have a difficulty at the last second with the seat I had previously chosen or previously been assigned. That’s O.K. with me. I’m a sheeple all the way, the most boring uneventful just-fall-asleep person ever.


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8 responses to “Summoned by Pope Francis. Come with me on my trip to Rome. Leaving now.

  1. Nan

    Safe travels, whoever you are. Be sure to greet your undercover escort. Remember to tell the pope I love him and am praying for him.

  2. Gina Nakagawa

    Happy Easter, Father. I will be praying for your safe and uneventful travels. May all go well for you in Rome. God bless you and keep you safe

  3. Safe trip and be well. Prayers for you. and our Pope.

  4. pelerin

    Safe journey Father. I am glad you are able to prove that you are indeed you.!
    Having never flown on a plane I am surprised that people can be removed from their allotted seats at the last minute. I remember my husband telling me that when he was returning home from the other side of the world on one occasion he was told his seat on the plane had been given to a VIP and that he himself had to catch another plane. He was none too pleased having been at sea for many months. He later discovered that the VIP was Sir Anthony Eden who was Prime Minister at the time. He was still annoyed!

  5. Cathe D.

    Praying for a safe and uneventual journey Father! I am very excited for you. It must seem like a home away from home when you go back to Rome. I hope your “mission” in the Divine Mercy Ministry continue and be blessed and enforced by Pope Francis. (To be a fly on the wall…lol) We will miss you. God bless you!


  6. sanfelipe007

    Bon Voyage,Father! Pictures aplenty, please.

  7. elizdelphi

    Praying for you, your priestly and Missionary of Mercy ministry, and your safe and happy journey. Looking forward to vicariously visiting Rome! I’ll probably never get to go but I am not the sort who needs to travel or feels strongly that I am missing out on that. I like being at home and in my own parish and the challenges of everyday life, I have grown to appreciate the Benedictine value of “stability”. I liked your post already missing your parishioners and canine friends. And I’ll enjoy your photos too. I am happy to know Rome via others! Curious what the new directives might be for the Missionaries of Mercy.

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