When I was first called about coming to Rome, one of the hopes that was mentioned was that I could eventually be tried out, as they say, 'in the box'; that is to say as someone who could interpret Italian into English for international meetings of the brothers.
So, almost a year and a half after moving to Rome, I was put in the box for the first time yesterday.
The view from the Box
For the first thing, a talk from the General Minister, I think I did o.k. He had given me his notes for the talk, which was a great help. Later on in the day, during less formal question and answer type things, I didn't do as well.
It's very tiring. On the other hand, it's a little like acting and in that sense kind of fun.