Highlight #3: Authentic community.
The vibrant community life of our 15 pilgrims was due to its foundation – the love of Christ. Within minutes, the young people were enjoying getting to know each other, sharing intense spiritual conversations, praying with one another and laughing together. With a strong community prayer life, this joy continued throughout the week. It was a community that was not self-created or self-sustaining. It was from God and for God.
In a vocation to religious life or to marriage, there is a need to understand authentic community, and the virtues of charity, patience, trust and humility that are required. The pilgrimage week was a great opportunity to “practice” these virtues and to discover the freedom and joy that come from giving to and receiving from others.