|Young Pilgrims at World Youth Day 2013|
AP Photo/ Felipe Dana
In the first reading today Abraham speaks before the Lord and asks the Lord to spare Sodom if ten righteous men can be found within the city. The Lord responds, "For the sake of ten I will not destroy it." (Genesis 18:32)
Last night the scene on the Copacabana beach before the arrival of Pope Francis for an evening vigil was full of song and praise for Our Lord. Many would remain on the beach overnight singing and in prayer in cold temperatures to be present for the Pope's Final Mass of World Youth Day. To see the Holy Spirit alive in these young people is an image of hope. How happy must Our Lady and her Son be to look down and see such a sight.
Thank you Pope John Paul II for your efforts while here on earth to begin such a wonderful event for our young people. Thank you to Pope Benedict and now Pope Francis for continuing such a beautiful tradition. As a person who attended World Youth Day in the US with Pope John Paul II in 1993 I feel the fruits of such intense communal prayer are still bearing fruit.
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