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Saturday, August 20, 2005

WYD Update

I just spoke with my brother, who is at WYD. Gotta hand it to those GSM cell phones! How cool to be watching the Holy Father on EWTN, addressing the vigil at Mary's Field near Cologne, and to hear him through my brother's cell phone as well! Anyway, it's nearing midnight there now, and in the morning there will be a beautiful mass with over a million pilgrims. Please pray for this event to restore the relationship of Germany with God and with the world. And pray that it is yet one more seed in the restoration of Europe to Christianity. CNN may choose to focus on a few young pilgrims who don't know better and dissent when it comes to contraception (they didn't find any pro-aborts, though they no-doubt tried), but I'd wager those same young people are at this very moment having the doors to their hearts knocked upon by the Good Shepherd. All night confessions and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will go a long way as well.

That's it. I was just moved to write, moved by memories of my own pilgrimage to WYD Denver in 1993. It is not hyperbole to say that these gatherings have the ingredients for changing lives. Let us pray that those in Cologne recognize those ingredients and make the best of them.

BTW, to those who read this on Saturday, EWTN will repeat the vigil at 8:00 EDT (things don't get going until about an hour and a half later, when they broadcast a tape-delayed address the Pope made to seminarians today). Then, at 3:00 a.m. EDT the mass will be broadcast live. It will be repeated twice on Sunday. You can get the full schedule (and even watch the broadcast online!) at EWTN.com.

Oh, and the music is really good!

UPDATE: Okay, so not all the music was good. I liked the clarinet version of Ave Maria at the vigil, though!

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