Saving Graces

new mercies each and every day

Rome Sweet Home… WYD Madrid

Aug
24

Just had to borrow from Scott Han coz we are here!!! Yes in Rome where the Mother church is based yoohoo!!! We have had a tour of the basilica, some went to the Sistine Chapel and Father showed us the most amazing gelataria!!! Yes and Amen to Italian gelato… heaven on earth as Padre Jon says. LOL

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The vigil – WYD Madrid

Aug
22
no words…
the excitement, the heat… the scorching heat, the painful heat, the hellish heat, the fainting… offering it up
the hard ground, the stones and gravel, the thorns, the sand, no shelter… then the rain, wet boxes, no shelter… and offering it up..
the pope, adoration, exchanging gifts, the coughing, the pain, the loos…. offering it up
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The last pilgrim day… WYD Madrid

Aug
20

…. is finally upon us! Vigil night. Most are so not looking forward to the day of trekking ahead of us. At the very least 4 hours of walking in the Madrid heat… the life of a pilgrim sigh 🙂 We had the most fantstic catechesis and mass yestreday with Archbishop ODonnel from New York. And we spent a whole day exploring our spiriruality having adoration, confession and meeting the most interesting English Speaking pilgrims at the Palazio de Deportes. There were talks on the media, social networking and our faith, how we can influence them and how we can take part in shaping culture. Some of us also attended a talk on the Biology of the Theology of the body! All in all a totally awesome day.

Now we begin the journey to the field were we will spend the night not sleeping and mingling and finish off with a Papal mass. Superb!!!

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Viva Papa Ben!!! WYD Madrid

Aug
19

OK so after a 6-hour wait yesterday we saw the Pope!!

Well kinda… well some of us did… side shot’s back only, just the clothes. I mean in a 2million people press what did you think that we shook his hand!?!?! LOL It was a blast and all is going just great… Found a cheap internet shop and everyone is finally calling home regular like… well when they want to or need something 🙂 And the atmosphere and vibe is out of this world!!!

Till the next update 🙂

Yeah yeah I know you are tired of waiting for photos already… sigh

And no did not even know of any protests till today so we are all fine 🙂

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Buenas Tardes Madrid!

Aug
15

Updated:
We have arrived in Madrid! It’s not much cooler and we are in a huge hall. It seems like all the OMI youth have come from Malaga and we are all in demarcated spots in the Sports hall Pablo. About 600 hundred of us sharing floor place. And the excitement is now tangible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WYD Madrid – the going gets tough

Aug
15

With a lot of pilgrims suffering from FFS, that is Flat foot syndrome for those not in the know, as well as communal showers things are about to get interesting ;-).

 

Halala South Africa Halala!!! – WYD Madrid

Aug
14

What a celebration!!! We have just had our celebration of nations in Malaga with the OMI Youth. I really commend the OMI group for the programmes that centred around cultural celebrations. We had an incredible mass where 10 of us danced up the offertory during the international mass supported by our harmonious South African choir. We also had a cultural presentation where Waka-waka rocked the roof off! Tomorrow WYD Madrid here we come!

Liturgy of the word with the bishop of Malaga WYD Madrid

Aug
13

His grace Bishop Jesus of Malaga led us in a moving liturgy of the word.where a lot of the OMI youth participated to make it a cultural explosion of supplication to the Lord. Now if only we could figure out how to transfer pictures to a Galaxy tab then we could show you what we are up to.

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La Playa! WYD Madrid

Aug
12

La playa = the beach and we were there today! Burning our feet in sub 40 degrees watching bodies fry in the Spanish sun and fascinating passersby whilst plaiting hair. Fun was had by all.

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Finalemente!!! WYD Madrid here we come!

Aug
11

The time is 13:05. Felicity is waiting for us to jump onto her car so she can take us to the church for the last mass and for us to get on the bus to the airport. Thing is we still don’t have our passports with the visas in them. But we have faith. Even with that faith though, one cant stop y the niggle of apprehension in the pit of your stomach. What if we did not get the visas, or maybe they have not managed to collect the passports, and as we pull into the churchyard and Michele hands me mine a breath of relief escapes when I see SCHENGEN STATEN with my mug shot to the left. And before long we are off! Rushing to try and get last minute currency, checking in and boarding and over land and seas to have a long stopover in Paris (lots of sleeping) changing the airport to Orly for another flight to Malaga and voila! We are here. See easy peasy. LOL

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