I am off to see the Pope…Day 8 What happens next?

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Change Hotels, Tour Rome and learn history of downfall, Over 500 churches in one city… Meet with Educator and Actor, buy authentic first ever Rome-made and blessed artifacts.

Fountains and Masterpieces Bernini, St Mary’s Church.

Look at Graffiti everywhere…Youth shouting to get noticed and paid attention to…Leaving a mark…Kids either learn beauty, responsibility and kindness or they learn to leave destruction… They will leave a mark either way–Adults need to wake up and hear the kids!

Kids either learn beauty, responsibility and kindness or they learn to leave destruction... They will leave a mark either way--Adults need to wake up and hear the kids!
Kids either learn beauty, responsibility and kindness or they learn to leave destruction… They will leave a mark either way–Adults need to wake up and hear the kids!
Grafitti  2000 year old door
Graffiti 2000 year old door

Here in Rome, there couldn’t be more beauty to look at. The Dark Ages of Europe with all of their destruction, were overturned by a time of enlightenment during the Renaissance…which was one of the longest, peaceful most beautiful times of history, lasting nearly 500 years.


The Italian Renaissance had placed human beings once more in the center of life’s stage and infused thought and art with humanistic values. In time the stimulating ideas current in Italy spread to other areas and combined with indigenous developments to produce a French Renaissance, an English Renaissance, and so on.

The term Renaissance, literally means “rebirth” and is the period in European civilization immediately following the Middle Ages, conventionally held to have been characterized by a surge of interest in classical learning and values. The Renaissance also witnessed the discovery and exploration of new continents, the substitution of the Copernican for the Ptolemaic system of astronomy, the decline of the feudal system and the growth of commerce, and the invention or application of such potentially powerful innovations as paper, printing, the mariner’s compass, and gunpowder. To the scholars and thinkers of the day, however, it was primarily a time of the revival of classical learning and wisdom after a long period of cultural decline and stagnation.

During the Renaissance, money and art went hand in hand. Artists depended totally on patrons while the patrons needed money to foster artistic talent. Wealth was brought to Italy in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries by expanding trade into Asia and Europe. Silver mining in Tyrol increased the flow of money. Luxuries from the Eastern world, brought home during theCrusades, increased the prosperity of Genoa and Venice.[23]

Jules Michelet defined the 16th-century Renaissance in France as a period in Europe’s cultural history that represented a break from the Middle Ages, creating a modern understanding of humanity and its place in the world.

My observation, due to my world traveling and meeting with vast numbers of students, teachers and administrators, is that we are once again in a high-tech version of the Middle-Dark Ages… We are experiencing all of the same stuff: Corporate corruption, government corruption, (the Pope will address this at the U.S. Congress and the United Nations) “A value-less society” and a complete ignorance of children’s and elderly needs. Our present school system, worldwide is focused on testing because it is what we have been sold. There is big money in it. In 2013, according to Sir Ken Robinson, the NFL made $8billion, the movie industry made $12billion and the K-12 testing companies in the United States alone made a whopping $16billion….so it’s not about what the kids need…it’s about greed. It’s not about what our world needs. And the sad news is that it causes self-inner self-decay…so it hurts everyone.

Maybe some of us will choose to have the Renaissance reborn…we’re working on it. What if our masterpieces of 2015-??? could rival anything close to the beauty I see in Rome today, 1500-2000 years old?


“The ambitious thug-ruler of the west, Constantine, realized that he could use the “Christian” fanatics and their hierarchical structure, as part of his plan to become Emperor of a united Rome. He declared Christianity as the official religion of his regime. By championing the cause of the Christians, Constantine put himself at the head of a “fifth column” in the eastern province, through which he was able to seize power.

By 330 CE Constantine had taken control of both the western and eastern provinces and declared himself supreme Caesar over all of the Roman Empire. He appointed one of the rival “Christian” chieftains Lucius Lactantius as his official Latin theologian, propagandist, and tutor to his son Crispus. Lactantius soon lost the job of tutor when Constantine had his son murdered for adultery with his stepmother. Lactantius praised Constantine as “a model of Christian virtue and holiness” (De Mortibus Persecutorum).

Among many other insane policies that Constantine enacted–leading to the fall of the Roman Empire–was that of disbanding the praetorian guard and replacing them with a special imperial guard, an elite cavalry regiment of 500 soldiers, mainly Germans. This left Rome essentially defenseless, and within a century the Visigoths were sacking Rome and other imperial cities.