Monday, July 16, 2012

Ten insights from Catholic youth, Part IV

IV.                   Willing to sacrifice
-           During Mass for English speakers, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, in his typical wit and wisdom, said: “Sometimes we see the Church, the Body of Christ, as radiant, knock-down-dead-beautiful, and other times we see the side of the Bride with curlers in her hair and Noxema on her face. The nails that pierced Christ's hands on the cross have held His Church together for 2,000 years. We are heirs to the nails.”

-          At World Youth Day, young people were making all sorts of sacrifices, and often not complaining, for the pilgrimage of a lifetime.  Similarly, during our Called to be More vocations pilgrimage walk last summer, I saw young people willingly being "heirs to the nails" -- embracing blisters, swollen ankles and knees, long days and late dinners in order to witness the Lord's love to those they encountered.  And to suffer those things for the sake of others.  

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