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The Day I saw Papa Francis!
Well today we saw the Pope! We were at the front of the gate and couldn't believe how blessed we were. After we took the bus we were walking to the avenue near the beach since the bus dropped us at Ipanema. We walked for about 10 or 15 minutes and got a spot near a few women who were seated next to the gate. They let us hang out with them until the pope arrived about 90 minutes later.
As the pope crossed our path we were all screaming and shouting Papa Francis with the other 1.5 million people on the beach with us.
It was amazing, all we wanted to do was see the pope today. We were prepared to be disappointed but once we found the place near the gate and we were in the front we knew it would be amazing.
From the beach you can see the naval security detail they have right off the beach to protect the pope. There were many helicopters flying over and we heard on the radio that Pope Francis was circling the beach and going to land at the Copacabana Fort which was just a few blocks from us. We got really excited when we saw it land. At first we could see the pope mobile coming out of the fort then all of a sudden he was in front of us. It was like a dream.
There's a video too! Links coming later!
After he passed by we gathered ourselves and walked toward the ceremony since we were still 3.5 km away and could only see the sea of people and many jumbo screens. A few of us had radios with the English Translation so we were able to tell the others what was happening.
Francis greeted us and then was greeted by every continent and area of brazil. 10 young people spoke on behalf of their area of the world and gave the pope a gift. They each had about a minute of time with the Holy Father where he spoke to them alone (no microphone for us to hear).
To have a minute with just the pope and I?!
Following the ceremony part we had a Liturgy of the Word and another speech by him for a homily. He began by speaking to us about the flavor of salt. How we put it on our food to enhance the flavor and change it. He said "Put on Faith, Hope, and Love and your life with have a new flavor. Put on Christ and everything will change." (The entire thing can be found at rio2013.com or news.va/en)
For the remainder of the evening we met many groups from around the world; a bunch from the US as well as we waited for the bus to take is home. I even saw a group from Pittsburgh!
I receive the weekly notes from the Catholic Match Institute since my unsuccessful dabble in Online
Dating some time ago (link) and today's included the face of one of my favorite priests. A man who helped me become the Catholic woman, for better or worse, that I am today. He is doing a series of five videos for CM through Advent. The first two are below ... I encourage you to watch them and stay tuned for the next three! Fr. Ananias, OSB - what an Advent treat!
In general I appreciate when people like me, as I think most people do. For me, it's really hard when people dislike me, even if I don't have to be around them all of the time. I get anxious thinking about the next time we will be in the same location and if I'll be able to just kindly avoid them or if there will be an awkward confrontation. There's a line in scripture about how blessed we are when others despised us because they hated Him first. Him, being Jesus, of course.
But is that always the case? Am I applying a section of scripture to a situation to which it has no relationship? Am I using a passage of scripture to make myself feel better about the actions that I'm going to take, to justify it to myself and others? Am I manipulating the Lord's words to promote my own agenda in the name of the Lord?
I wonder this regarding many things. Passages like "The Lord will fulfill His promises" in relationship to my relationship status. Did He promise t…
Well, we did it! It's over and I'm back to my regular color. All it took was some scrubbing in the shower and a big load of laundry!
So, how was it? Well, we began looking like this:
and ended looking like this:
Yes - VERY pink!!! It was awesome!
Now, the thoughts (play-by-play) of the day:
We began at 7am (actually an hour later than first expected). When we arrived a few minutes early we went over to the Volunteer Registration tent (even though we were told to go to the color station first) and they were super disorganized. Although they had a lot of volunteers, the check-in process was not amazing. It's a place for some definite improvement on their part! However, it was the first time in Charlotte and the only expectations were from the volunteer coordinators who hadn't experienced the run yet, so understandable.
We got to our PINK station - the first color station, where we were assigned and found out it was BLUE! We were given instructions (only dip into…