Yesterday the Holy Father arrived with a beautiful welcoming service. I was humbled and delighted to join Salt and Light crew for a commentary on the event. (Check out Fr Chris and Pedro. They’re awesome!) The giving of the keys of the city, releasing of dove-shaped balloons and dancing horses were some of the highlights. Most importantly, the Holy Father’s address gave everyone much to ponder and anticipate.
Today the young religious had the opportunity to join the Holy Father. Again the Pope affirmed and challenged us with his words, though his greatest lessons were taught through his example. It was a privilege to be in his presence… though the meeting was more than a meeting with the Pope. The enthusiasm and love for the Church that my religious sisters throughout the world expressed was like a contagious flame. While waiting, we talked with one another, taught each other our favorite songs and prayed together. The words we chanted sum up what this meeting captured: “Esta est la vida consecrada!” There is great reason to be hopeful for the future! -Sr. Angela
Under a dark blue morning sky and a blurry, luminous moon…we waited. In eager anticipation (if there is such a thing at 5 am!) we waited for the doors to open to enter El Escorial. The excitement only heightened 6 hours later as the Pope entered. Smiling and with a twinkle in his eyes, he lovingly greeted us. What a blessing-a very special day I will always remember. Among his most memorable words for women religious were: ”You are the treasure of the Church.” - Sr Colleen
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