Friday 19 August - inspired by NY Archbishop
Friday 19 August
Our third and final Catechesis session was a memorable occasion thanks to the inspirational speech from the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan.
He had the 12,000-strong crowd at the Palacio de Deportes hanging on his every word as he spoke of the significance of charity, joy, hope and love for the Church as the way to evangelisation.
While our view of the Way of the Cross later that day was limited to a large screen, it was still an incredible experience to be among hundreds of thousands of people in reverence in the city centre, all there to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.
Daniel - St Patrick's Guildford
Archbishop Dolan spoke some very inspiring words that touched me personally.
He spoke of four ways we can help to evangelise the Church which hopefully I and the others with me can live up to.
The Stations of the Cross was held back at the accommodation with those who weren't feeling up to withstanding the onslaught of Madrid's pilgrims. It ended up being quite a nice time with the tv providing us a better view of the stations than most people would of seen. Reading along, we joined in the millions in Spain and around the world who followed Jesus' journey to Calvary.
Dwaine - St Partrick's Guildford
I missed out on going to the Stations of the Cross, but I watched it on tv at the accommodation. I enjoyed reading parts of the Stations back at the accommodation with the other pilgrims. It was different to the Sydney one, but it was an awesome experience participating with other for the Stations of the Cross in Spain.
Mary - St Patrick's Guildford
For most days of this journey we have been late for Catechesis, but on this day we decided to get there early. We lined up and these Americans came up to us and wanted to hear us do our world famous 'Aussie Aussie Aussie' chant. We didn't grant their request as our vocal chords weren't warmed up yet. However their enthusiasm pumped us up for the rest of the day. Archbishop Timothy Dolan was an excellent speaker.
Tim - Padre Pio Glenmore Park
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