This particular summer has been filled with graduations, weddings, Confirmations, retreats, novenas, and anniversaries. In a few short days, it will culminate with my pilgrimage to Madrid where I will join thousands and possibly millions of Catholics throughout the world to celebrate the Holy Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. This is what we call World Youth Day!
Isn’t this what we are wired for? To go to the ends of the earth and proclaim the Love of God to the nations. To know what it means to be a universal Church united under one shepherd. I look forward to this meeting of Catholics, to celebrate the Eucharist and to be with Christ in these days that will be made holy in Madrid.
“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us?…No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great…Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. And so, today, with great strength and great conviction…I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return.” ~Pope Benedict XVI