Thursday, August 18, 2011

WYD: A Grace for the Youth, and for the Whole Church

My column today, A Word in Season, recognizes Pope Benedict's arrival at World Youth Day (WYD) today, and reminisces about Blessed John Paul II's exuberant heart for youth in the pre-WYD days.

In everything JPII and BXVI have preached and written for WYD, they emphasize that WYD's are less about having youth meet the Pope in person and more about having youth encounter Jesus in a personal way.

That being said, Pope Benedict recognizes these days are not for the youth alone; they are an opportunity for all of us to, indeed, make a spiritual retreat. Read the whole article here.

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