Yesterday, probably around the same time that I was telling you of my plans to pray for you today at the tomb of St. Monica, it seems the Holy Father was making plans to go to the Basilica of St. Augustine today and celebrate Mass.
I went there this afternoon around the normal time that they re-open after the afternoon siesta, but they did not re-open: rather, the security forces were preparing it in advance of the Holy Father’s 6:00pm visit.
We went around to the sacristy and asked if we might, nevertheless, make a quick trip inside to greet St. Monica. No luck!
So, I will try again tomorrow, even if it isn’t St. Monica’s or St. Augustine’s feast day.