Today’s events at the Congress were exceptional. We started off from Mont-Sainte-Anne by bus (9 of them) at about 7:45
I was on bus 6 with our great bus leader Oriana and bus captain, transitional Deacon Frank (below)
There was a presentation by Archbishop Wuerl of Washington D.C which started off rather academic but got my attention half-way through. His main focus was that we are not spectators at the Eucharist. It is not a remembering of a past event but literally the presence of Christ, given to us. We are truly present at his Sacrifice.
There was then a witness talk by Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche who was uncharacteristically forceful in his presentation. His main point is that in our love of the Eucharist we must love those must poor, vulnerable and marginalized in society. He also pleaded for the day when all Christians would finally share in the Eucharist together.
We then celebrated Eucharist with more bishops and cardinals than I have seen in a long time. The liturgy was like a fine french meal. It was elegant, refined and beautiful.
There was careful attention to detail, to savouring the moment. There was artistry and significance in almost every element of design, music, movement and prayer. The liturgy was very moving. Cardian Ouellete gave an important homily where he called on religious and government leaders to attend to the food crisis which affecting the world, especially the most poor.
After the mass there was a speedy distribution of lunch boxed and people gathered under huge tents for the meal.
This afternoon the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Toronto will gather to reflect on the gifts they have received by the Lord. Archbishop Collins will be speaking at dinner.
Bye for now, as I try and grab a quick nap…which is badly needed!!