Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Updating posts

 and adding new ones which were waiting to be published :) Mostly adding pics

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rome Sweet Home...

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... heave on earth as Padre Jon says LOL

Monday, August 22, 2011

the vigil

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

the pics say it all.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The last pilgrim day...

.... 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!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Viva Papa Ben!!!

OK so after a 6 hour wait yesterday we saw the Pope!!1 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 :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Buenas tardes Madrid!

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 excitements is now tangible.