"Discernment isn’t logical, and wisdom doesn’t come when you shout for it. All this trip was meant to do... was plant a seed, nourish its growth and hope that someday, in one of these lives, someone is changed."
Read Tara Hunt McMullen's masterful piece about the shimmering holiness of the ordinary she discovered in Hawaii.
"With so many reasons outside those hallways to believe that our lives are being drained of beauty, standing right there I could only marvel: 'We live in a world where people have this faith. It’s beautiful.'"
Can faith be found on earth? Read about where Lenny DeLorenzo discovered it.
"I saw them remembering who they are in the eyes of God – children. I saw the deep satisfaction they felt in settling into that identity. I saw their joy and surprise when they remembered that this was what they were made for – to play before the Father."
When's the last time you stopped for a moment to play?
Thanks to Kelley Dawson for this beautiful reminder. A reflection from her pilgrimage to Ireland.
"God bless this miserable weather. God bless this whole, ridiculous situation. God bless Phillip from Brighton. God bless my rain-soaked shoes. God bless this tongue-in-cheek father. God bless rain on Easter morning."
Read more about John Paul Lichon's story of sitting in the rain.
"We didn’t miss the procession, we just had our own version."
Read more about Erica Pereira's celebration of Corpus Christi with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Santiago, Chile.
"This was sort of a rare moment for my time abroad. It was not rushed, not loud. It was a little glimpse at a big picture that could not be captured in a camera. And it was a moment to stop and be in."
Read about Duncan Campbell's experience on a sunrise hike in Scotland.
"We expected it to be a quiet night of prayer spent on Golgotha and in Christ's tomb...Hardly so!
The Russians had decided it was time to clean the Tomb."
Read about Catherine Cavadini's experience during an all-night vigil inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the site of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and burial.
Upcoming pilgrimages, weekly stories during the Easter season, and a survey with a raffle!
If anyone had said, "Priscilla, go on World Youth Day and you will be a happier grandma," I would not know what to think of such a comment. But the two experiences are incredibly real, and they echo each other in awakening the awareness that we are all called by God, set by Christ's example, to live a bigger and more dynamically loving way of life.
Looking around, I see pilgrims of every age, shade, dimension, and personality. Flags erected on makeshift poles gently being guided back and forth, back and forth. Pilgrims from Cambodia, France, Australia, Mexico, Nigeria, Ireland, Bolivia, Chile, the US. Countless countries I had never even heard of. Every corner of the globe is gathered on the western edge of Kraków to welcome the Pope for World Youth Day 2016.
Little do all these pilgrims know, but on this night, Pope Francis is speaking directly to me.