World Youth Day

World Youth Day

Arnold Jago

Two million young Catholics went to Madrid to hear Pope Benedict XVI and hundreds of thousands greeted his arrival with deafening sounds. Yet at the appropriate times - during Mass and during the pauses on the Way of the Cross - the silence was absolute.

It tempts one to hope that the lives of many attending were being changed and that on returning home their pride in being Catholic - and their humility in being sinners redeemed by the Passion of Christ - will not be lost.

Will WYD returnees find their home churches filled with a great thirst for the sacraments and great zeal for the spread of God's Kingdom? As the Pope says, you cannot be a Christian on your own. The Church is a must.

If the Church is imperfect, let's work to make it better - not quit it.

ARNOLD JAGO (DR)
Mildura, Vic

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