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Pilgrim's Journey, part 2

August 1, 2016

Back to Campus Misericordiae! 

We had 7 hours to kill as we sweated our brains out and obtained very creative tan lines from the sun all day, but eventually, the sun DID go down. That's when things became bearable and then eventually pretty chilly. Pope Francis was there leading the vigil ceremony as candles were passed out and the vast numbers of is prayed in solidarity with him. As the Pope was speaking in Italian, we all huddled around radios with the translation to English being broadcasted.

 

Articulate, humorous, and yet to the point. Pope Francis cautioned about the state of apathy, distraction, and how we are letting the world slip away from ourselves, seeing comforts like screens and things as happiness. To truly follow God is to seek Him. To find the strength to go into the trenches and stand up for the poor and weak, to do what's right. To be that spark, inspiring others whether you mean to or not, resisting the urge to isolate ourselves from our problems, and finally:

 

'Sell your couches for walking shoes'

 

That we may rely on the direction shown to us rather than sit in one place in our creature comforts.

 

Pope Francis spoke empathetically, energetically and with vigor over the loudspeakers.  It was so palpable it rippled through the translation, igniting our spirits with fervor!