Thursday, June 09, 2016
There's a great walking path, and it's downhill, so I thought I'd just put my bags on the trolley and let gravity do the work. Rain? It sprinkled a bit, but it didn't look particularly threatening.
As I head out down the street, I run into the rector of the Jesuit community at the Observatory walking up the hill, who offers me a ride back, if I'm willing to wait a bit while he has a short meeting.
It still doesn't look very threatening, but I said, "Yes, thank you!" My bags and I hung out at the Bar Carosi on the square, while I enjoyed a sweet roll and some reading for the essay I'm working on. All very pleasant. Then I look up to see the clouds roiling over head. They are low, dark and threatening. The rain starts. Then it really starts. Then the thunder rolls.
When my ride returns, he notes wryly, "You have chosen wisely."
So I got a ride back with a member of the Roman Curia. Ecclesia supplet.
Ecclesia supplet means "the Church supplies" and is a technical term having to do with the validity of a sacrament or appointment when an error has been made, and doesn't really apply to this situation at all, as much a blessing as the ride turned out to be.