San Sebastian R 'n' R
13 August 2011
By Phyllis Yu, Bruce Lau, Chris Au, Stephen Samson & Anna Lee
(St Monica's North Parramatta)
After our busy schedules, we were given a break at San Sebastian!
San Sebastian is a beautiful town, with the second best beach in the world, and is both a cultural and gastronomical centre in Europe!!
With all the tourists, sounds, colours and hustle and bustle, it’s really easy to forget our identity as pilgrims and become tourists ourselves.
San Sebastian was beautiful, not only because of its liveliness and fiestas, but its natural sights as well. It’s important for us to find a balance between the excitement we get from immersing ourselves in the culture of Spain, and the reflective nature of this trip.
A few of us visited the art gallery of a famous painter Marc Chagall. His somewhat expressionist works incorporated the crucifix as a symbol ofprosecution. He also had a collection of works dedicated to stories from the Bible.
To see God’s will in everything – I suppose that is the point of this WYD experience.
So far, all these wonderful sights have been impressive and almost too much to take in at once. It may require a much longer time to digest everything we’ve experienced to understand the significance of it in our religious lives.
Most definitely, it has been an eye opener, reminding us as to why we are a part of the youth ministry in our own parishes - that Catholicism has so much to offer culturally and spiritually, and that if we are to build our lives upon this foundation, we can be assured that we can’t go wrong.
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