So after Mass, we snuck out the back door and got over to a ristorante, La Vittoria, before the crowds. All the tables soon filled up except the table next to us which had a "riservato" sign on it. Soon enough a party of three took their places at that table. John and I carried on our conversation in English while this trio conversed happily in German. Jump ahead two and a half hours later. The Ristorante was beginning to empty out. No problem, I have closed restaurants before. This trio was paying its bill, we asked for our check. I made a sideways comment in English, "Are you from Germany?" The women smiled sweetly and said, "yes." But then we were off to the races, I am not sure how it happened but I discovered that we had been sitting next to Paul Badde and his wife for nearly three hours. And we made an instant connection, especially when I said we were going to Mannopello next week.
Omnia Christus Est Nobis
Christ is everything for us!
I am a Roman Catholic Priest from California. I spent 13 wonderful years years as a member of the Province of the Pacific in the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The outline of my life can be traced here.