the Latin mass and cheered when the sainthood was conirmed. During the proceedings, Pope Francis said that the new Pope saints "lived through the tragic events o– the th century, but were not overwhelmed by them because for them, God was more powerful." They could have chosen paths that were less controversial and less stressful but they knew that God was on their side and that was enough to make them bold and brave. We went home that day tired yet feeling blessed because of the little miracles we experienced. rain did not pour down durin— the ceremony despite the warnin— none o– the pi(—ri)s in our —roup —ot (ost and everyone, even those who were frail and advanced in age, survived the kilometers of walking. Fr. Dave Concepcion, our pilgrimage chaplain, said that to beco)e a saint, one )ust . love God with all your heart, soul and stren—th. . love the 4ucharist, the only one that can nourish. 3. Love Mama Mary, the teacher of faith. Our journey taught us by the example of the saints how these three loves were expressed.
Love god WiTH aLL youR HeaRT, SouL aNd STReNgTH 8n 1ssisi, we encountered St. Claire and St. Francis, both born to a life of comfort and wealth yet sought nearness to God by choosing lives of poverty and prayer. Something about God hit them so hard that they were wi((in— to (ive 9esus words in :atthew rS“ , 8– any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.” They also taught us to choose our friends well. St. Francis was a great inluence and spiritual father to St. 3(aire. St. 9ohn pau( 88 was a friend to Mother Teresa and
St. Padre Pio was his confessor. It matters who our friends are because they can bring us to heaven.
Love THe euCHaRiST, THe oNLy oNe THaT CaN NouRiSH Going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist daily will never be the same after coming to Santuario del Miracolo Eucharistico in Lanciano, Italy. We were told that a monk who was consecrating the bread and wine with doubts in his heart about the real presence of Christ witnessed the bread changing into living lesh and the wine changing into blood. Evidence of that miracle still re)ains years a–ter. I have always known that Christ is present in the Eucharist but that was something abstract to me that I just believed in faith. Today, receiving Christ’s body is a union experienced and yearned for more fervently.
Love MaMa MaRy, THe TeaCHeR oF FaiTH Poland struck me as a spiritually charged country. Despite the oppression it had undergone as a country, % o– its popu(ation remains practicing Catholics. 1dversity p(ayed a )ajor ro(e in encouraging such faith and this was sustained by their deep devotion to Mother Mary. 5or over years, po(and had been intimately associated with Our Lady of Czestochowa, an icon of the holy mother who directs attention away from herself, and gestures with her ri—ht hand toward 9esus, the source of salvation. With such a great teacher of faith, it is no wonder that Poland became fertile ground for raising these —reat saints St. Faustina kowalska, a mystic and visionary who, in a time marked by terrible tragedies received 9esus' )essa—e “Humanity will never ind peace
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