Pilgrims have returned home, Copacabana Beach has been cleaned and Rio de Janeiro has returned to business as usual, but in the hearts of everyone something has changed.
Something has to have changed. This has been my fourth international World Youth Day and every time, something changes. Perhaps it's an insight, perhaps an emotion or a memory. After this WYD there are many memories: Memories of all the people I saw and met; good friends from SpiritandSong.com
and World Library Publications
; friends from the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM
and from the USCCB
, Holy Cross Ministries
and the Jesuit Conference of the U.S.
There are also memories of each event, memories of the one nugget of wisdom of that one insight that I received each and every time Pope Francis spoke. And all these memories come with many emotions.
Which is why it's good to look back. We are so lucky to live in a day and age when we can look back at these experiences, thanks to the miracle of technology.
And thanks to Salt + Light TV, you'll be able to re-live all the main events of WYD Rio 2013 between August 12-18.
We will begin with Pope Francis' historic arrival in Rio de Janeiro. Remember the little Fiat, whizzing down the highway with the Pope sitting in the back with the window down? Remember the wrong turn and the traffic jam and the little Fiat being swarmed by eager fans. Remember the first Pope in 30 years to ride an open Pope Mobile? And the greeting at Guanabara Palace with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff? The Pope said that he came to bring Christ. For me, that set the mood for the whole week: World Youth Day is an occasion for an encounter with Jesus Christ; but we don't go to encounter Him; He comes to encounter us. And Pope Francis had no other agenda but that of a missionary: To bring Christ - to make disciples of all nations.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow afternoon for the Papal arrival ceremony and enjoy the rest of the week as we re-live all the main events of WYD Rio 2013.
Pope Francis Arrives in Rio de Janeiro
Monday, Aug 12 at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT
Tuesday, Aug 13 at 12:00am ET / 9:00pm (Mon) PT
Opening Mass for WYD Rio
Tuesday, Aug 13 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT
Wednesday, Aug 14 at 12:30am & 1:00pm ET / 9:30pm (Tue) & 10:00am PT
Pope Francis visits Aparecida
Wednesday, Aug 14 at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT
Thursday, Aug 15 at 12:00am & 12:30pm ET / 9:00pm (Wed) & 9:30am PT
Papal Welcome Ceremony: WYD Rio
Thursday, Aug 15 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT
Friday, Aug 16 at 12:30am & 1:00pm ET / 9:30pm (Thurs) & 10:00am PT
Way of the Cross: WYD Rio
Friday, Aug 16 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT
Saturday, Aug 17 at 12:30am & 1:00pm ET / 9:30pm (Fri) & 10:00am PT
Vigil with Pope Francis: WYD Rio
Saturday, Aug 17 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT
Sunday, Aug 18 at 12:30am ET / 9:30pm (Sat) PT
Final Mass of WYD Rio
Sunday, Aug 18 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT
Monday, Aug 19 at 12:30am ET / 9:30pm (Sun) PT
In case you missed them, here are some of my personal insights and reflections of our two weeks in Rio:
-Being open to surprises
-Worshipping God on Copacabana Beach
-The Cross of service: Between two Marthas
and to watch WYD events from Rio or previous World Youth Days visit us at WYD Central