A wonderful husband and wife were willing to host me during my visit. I was a bit weary about traveling to such a large event alone. But, right away I began encountering various people I knew from various places. These large events are more like a giant family reunion. How beautiful is that. That when the church gathers to celebrate and proclaim her faith in the Eucharist, it is like a family reunion since it is the Eucharist which unites all of us in communion. I was also blessed to meet many new people. Especially the young, happy, full of hope Irish seminarians. It took me a day or to do find where they were hanging out, but once I did it was a blast. Were able to share stories of seminary life and such things. They all knew Bishop Hebda from his time at there seminary during the recent Apostolic Visitation.
Another important moment for me was when I was able to catch up with Danielle Rose. The last time I saw her in concert I was in high school seven years ago. Her music has been important to me throughout my discernment and time in seminary.
|A photo from the closing Mass.|
At the end of the closing Mass, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the more than 70,000 people gathered in a pre-recorded video. I'd like to leave you with a short excerpt:
The Eucharist is the worship of the whole Church, but it also requires the full engagement of each individual Christian in the Church’s mission; it contains a call to be the holy people of God, but also one to individual holiness; it is to be celebrated with great joy and simplicity, but also as worthily and reverently as possible; it invites us to repent of our sins, but also to forgive our brothers and sisters; it binds us together in the Spirit, but it also commands us in the same Spirit to bring the good news of salvation to others. - Pope Benedict XVI 17-June-2012