In March of 2006, the palace of former Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, was reopened
to the public. The palace, which was the residence of Mussolini during his glory years,
1924-1943, had fallen into disrepair after the war. Fifty years of neglect, looting by
thieves, a roof that fell in, left the palace in a state of ruin. To many Italians, the palace
represented a part of their history they wished to forget. Hence, the neglect of Mussolini's
The main part of the palace was built in the nineteenth century and was decorated with
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.