My most memorable visit to the Basilica occurred back in 2006, when we all visited Rome, and then Irish seminarian-blogger -Zadok led us on a tour of St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major. It was a great day with the exception of the burden of me carrying the 14-month old baby on my back up the Esquiline Hill, a baby who delighted in yanking on my hair, but much preferred riding on my back to his dad’s and would make his preferences known, loudly, so I was stuck.

Praise the Lord

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