Sunday, April 20, 2008

Got Pope? Get Hope! the sign on the side of our bus leaving the Chancery Office yesterday for the Youth Rally at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers. It was a long day...traveling, getting through security, waiting on interminable lines for lunch and for getting our shuttle back to our coach for the ride home.

Yet, the 10 teens from my parish agreed that in spite of these challenges the day was a "once in a lifetime" opportunity. Anthony liked getting to know the fellow pilgrims on our trip better; Tyler was drinking in the Pope's message; Catherine realized the care and kindness of friends; Ashley and Jackie saw that even in adversity "they were in the place they were meant to be," Amber realized her words (to the media) were important -- and that having blue hair goes noticed!

The Pope's visit to Ground Zero this morning was very moving. Channel 2 covered this in holy silence rather than color commentary.

As I personally process the gifts of the Pope's visit, I cannot help but recognize that different places are all sacred spaces.

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