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)