"Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy." (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 12 XI 2008)
"Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks the truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie." (Blessed John Paul II, Canonisation of Edith Stein, 11 X 1998)

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

My WYD 2011 experience Part 2

One of the highlights of my first ever visit to Madrid was the Museo del Prado. So much so that I visited it on 4 separate occasions (getting in 3 times). They had a wonderful exposition highlighting "The Word made Image". Plus there was a special guest painting "The Deposition" by Caravaggio. Simply breathtaking.

So, to share with you some of the art works (although the 14 pieces are greatly diminished on the Internet) please go to: www.museodelprado.es/en/pradomedia/multimedia/the-word-made-image-1/

Monday, 29 August 2011

My WYD 2011 recap - JMJ Madrid part1

3 Abp Chaput's in one shot

Confessionals side view
I have recovered from my pilgrimage and would love to share some of the images I took with you. Of course, the star of the show was Jesus, in the Eucharist, in His Priests, and in His People. You can see the crowds that gathered from around the world to welcome the Pope and Jesus in the Eucharist in the airfield South West of Madrid. All along the walk to the venue the locals were very accommodating and sprayed us with water to save us from the 40+ degree heat (Celsius), even the firemen helped.

But before the huge Mass, we needed to go to confession. You can see the amazing number of confessionals in the pictures above, they were lined up as far as the eye can see in both directions in Retiro Park.

I spent many days visiting the Love and Life centre where the guests were Abp Chaput and Fr Baron among others. But the highlight was definitely the "Catholic Underground" Eucharistic adoration sessions hosted by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The music was beautiful, the lyrics meaningful and the presence of God tangible. On Friday after the Stations of the Cross we had the most amazing adoration which left many people in tears of gratitude.

Confessionals as far as the eye can see

Our dearest guest and Host, Jesus

Firemen cooling down the pilgrims as they arrive for the vigil

So close yet so far

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Planned Parenthood's Weak Link, LIVE with Abby Johnson Tonight!

From http://plannedparenthoodsweaklink.com/:

Dear Pro-Life Friend,

Abby JohnsonThis Tuesday night, August 23, Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood abortion center director turned pro-life advocate — and author of the Top 10 national bestselling book UnPlanned — will expose her former employer during a webcast event that will uncover the huge weakness she discovered inside the nation’s largest abortion operation … and that she frequently witnesses while traveling across America to speak out against Planned Parenthood.
YOU are invited to be there when Abby blows Planned Parenthood’s cover (but hurry, because there’s limited space available for the online event!)
Sign up below to register for the FREE webcast, where you’ll be among the first to discover:
  • Why a Planned Parenthood clinic director and “employee of the year” changed sides to become an outspoken pro-life advocate
  • The shocking truth about Planned Parenthood that was revealed through Abby’s high-stakes legal battle with the abortion giant
  • The abortion industry’s #1 greatest fear — and how YOU can help make it come true
  • Planned Parenthood’s secret “Achilles Heel” that could topple its abortion empire like a house of cards
  • How to make abortion unavailable in your community … even while it’s still legal
  • The most effective way to drive Planned Parenthood — or any other abortion operation — out of your community
  • The brand-new tool you can use to change more hearts and minds about abortion, save more lives … and perhaps even impact eternal souls
You won’t want to miss this eye-opening LIVE webcast event where you’ll hear directly from Abby and other presenters including:
Jeff ParadowskiJEFF PARADOWSKI, Abby’s attorney who defeated Planned Parenthood’s legal team and PR spin machine in the high-stakes legal battle with the abortion buisness after Abby changed sides
David BereitDAVID BEREIT, national director of 40 Days for Life, the campaign of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities, and grassroots outreach that played a major role in Abby’s conversion
Shawn CarneySHAWN CARNEY, campaign director of 40 Days for Life, and the first person that Abby went to for help when she was ready to get out of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry