There is a saying my Nonna used to quote: pulire dove cammina il vescovo (to clean where the bishop walks). It refers to the days when a priest visited parishioners in their homes, thus warranting a serious house cleaning in anticipation of their visit; the level of cleaning, however, was directly related to the type of priest who was visiting.
For example, a visit from the parish priest meant a deep, thorough house cleaning. The priest, who was responsible for the spiritual well-being of his parishioners, felt it his duty to poke around and make sure everything was good. So, homes were buffed, shined, mopped, and dusted because a clean home reflected a clean soul.
On the other hand, a bishop's visit meant cleaning would be more cursory in nature. A bishop's importance meant that his visit would be short, he would sit in the main room, and he was above poking around; basically, you cleaned only where the bishop would go . . . no deep cleaning involved.
Pulire dove cammina il vescovo, then, is a tongue-in-cheek reminder to do only what is necessary. And sometimes that's more than enough.
So, why am I telling you this today?
Because in the past three weeks I've cleaned our house as if expecting a visit from the bishop, which means that if you visit me don't look too hard or poke around too much.
Just walk a bishop's walk.