Quo Vadis?

Off the Appian Way outside of Rome, there is a small church dedicated to the tradition that Saint Peter, while fleeing Rome and the persecution, encountered Jesus, and asked him, “Domine, quo vadis?” (Lord, where are you going?). Jesus responded, Romam vado iterum crucifigi” (I am going to Rome to be crucified again). Saint Peter then understood that he was to return to Rome and follow Christ in the path of Crucifixion.

Fast forward to today, the frenetic, fast-paced world we live in, especially as the school year ends and graduations approach, the question, “Quo Vadis?” is a good one for all of us. Where AM I going? or What AM I doing with my life? Just like Peter, we can dialogue with Christ, and ask the Lord to help us to know what His Divine will is for us.


Footprints in marble, said to be those of Jesus Christ, preserved in the Church of Domine Quo Vadis, along the Appian Way outside of Rome, Italy.

Our lives are a journey. A pilgrimage. Un camino. Many times we are so set on accomplishing what is ‘due yesterday’ that we forget that our lives have a purpose and a heavenly destination (do you hear that? We as Christians even forget the sound of what our lives are all geared toward – Heaven!).

Let us stop today for a brief encounter with Christ. Where is He pointing you to go? He asks each of us to look beyond the day’s baseball or volleyball game, the science project, the graduations and yes, even the Confirmations, to spend a moment answering the question with Jesus at our side. Where am I going? Is what I am doing part of my preparation for my Heavenly Home? Or am I caught up in the never-ending whirlwind of activity that drowns out the Living Christ calling us to follow Him to Paradise.

Because Jesus Lives. Amen!


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