Thousands packed Anaheim’s Convention Center on the Second Sunday of Lent at the close of the Religious Education Congress hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was an amazing weekend that breathed some fine speakers in Catholicism along with the presence of many Religious, Priests, and People of God. Many cultures were represented in the expression of their prayer in the liturgy making it a very unique experience near the county’s largest Archdiocese.
It was a blessing to reconnect and connect with many Catholics in Los Angeles. The Congress was a reminder of how small the Catholic world truly is. It was also a reminder that we are many, yet we are one in Jesus Christ, head of the Church. I left Congress renewed in my own faith of what it means to be Catholic in the 21st century.
A final thought, the Holy Father will abdicate the Throne of Saint Peter this Thursday at 8pm Roman Time. By no means does he abandon Christ or the Church. Rather, he follows God’s will in serving God in the best manner which his health and age will allow. We, too, who are baptized into Christ’s body are called to serve Christ in the manner which is appropriate for our time, our strength, and our age. We serve Christ in our local Church, advancing the Gospel of Christ, and inviting God’s people to commune with Jesus in his Church.