The Church Lives!

I am experiencing the Church in such a visible way that I have lost count of how many times I have teared up in simple awe and wonder at the beauty of our Catholic faith. Our faith is living and so very much alive! And it is breathtakingly beautiful. There is an energy in Madrid that I have never experienced before. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics from all around the world are gathering in the beautiful city of Madrid to celebrate life and love in Christ! In the midst of war, economic turmoil, nothingness, and a secular culture that works to degrade the sacred dignity of every man and woman, we gather together to celebrate the life and hope within us that comes from Christ. We KNOW there is more. And gathering together in prayer, adoration, and song with our Pope is giving us a living experience of faith that we will never forget. My miracle of the day? Coming within 8 feet of Pope Benedict on some random side street on our way back to our hotel. My friends and I breathlessly rushed up to the front of the security rope and we reached out to him. As he drove by he smiled at us and blessed us. If it weren’t for the security forces in place, I have no doubt that we would have stampeded our dear Papa in love and admiration, so great was our joy. What a blessing and inspiration he is to us! Christ has challenged us to be a light of hope and strength to the world and to stand firm in the faith. Moments like these make me realize the deepest cry of my heart is to give every breath of my being to my Lord and my God and to pray ever more deeply for the strength to do so. We are alive in Christ and want all the world to know the source of our joy!!!

By Kathryn Diener

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