17 July 2008

Pope Benedict and Bl. Pier Giorgio in One Day

Well, it just gets better and better. Catechisis with an Australian bishop from the outback. He is an astronomer, and he again engaged the questions of faith and reason. Lots of questions from the young people. This is a hot topic, as seen at Cardinal Schonborn's lecture.

The Pope arrived. We were sent to an American ghetto on Farm Cove. A floating Jumbo-tron wan in front of us. At the beginning it was possessed by evil sprits and was not working well but after some prayers to St. Michael, we did get to hear the Pope's address. He came right by us in the motorcade looking very happy. His talk was classic Benedict.

Then supper on the ground with what sounded like a Jamaican band playing over and over: "God is not dead!" We then made our way to St. Mary's Cathedral, where besides the Blessed Sacrament the main attractions were an indulgenced picture of "Our Lady of the Southern Cross" and the body of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. I had another meltdown at that point but of a good kind. I thought of so many ways in my priesthood that Bl. Pier Giorgio has been a powerful patron: of the many young souls that I have come to know under his patronage and the struggles and blessings of their lives. It was great!


Michael said...

I've been praying that you got to meet Bl. Piergiorgio up close!

I'm reading The Red Horse right now in his honor!

betsy said...

Bl. Pier Giorgio, pray for us!

Brita said...

Y'all are in my prayers!! I have been watching all the events on TV and can just feel the JOY!!

Blessed Pier Giorgio, ora pro nobis!!!