The journey to Madrid for the World Youth Day is beginning in these days. A phone call yesterday gave me news of the pilgrims going from Sydney to Madrid, some via the Holy Land and some via Rome. The pilgrims from our Province will leave Dublin and Glasgow on Wednesday, going first to Valencia and then, next Monday, becoming part of the group of about five hundred young people from Passionist parishes and communities around the world at our college in Alcala de Henares, just outside Madrid.
For pilgrims and for those following from a distance, here are some words of encouragement from Pope Benedict last Sunday: In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus calms the storm and urges the disciples not to be afraid, but to put their faith in him. Often we too find ourselves caught up in storms and tempests that fill us with anxiety, but Jesus assures us we have nothing to fear if we simply place our trust in him.
May this World Youth Day be a moment of grace for all who will take part. -And here’s a reminder of last time: