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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Weekend Agora

I have been rather tired out and exhausted by the week's number of lessons we were having where practically every day we had 6 hours of classes - morning and afternoon! :-P

As such, updating my entries here have been irregular. So, when the weekend arrived, it was with a great sense of relief that I could find some time to just laze a bit, even if I had to take time to complete some homework for the coming Monday.

The Pope in now in Loreto with the youths from all over Italy and other European countries for the Agora gathering. He will be there for this occasion till Sunday, 2 September.

As the Catholic World News explained it:

The "Agora" meeting is part of a 3-year campaign among Catholic youth, which in turn is the result of a pastoral-planning meeting among Italian Church leaders in 2006. The campaign, designed to reinvigorate the faith among young Italians, will continue through the World Youth Day observance in Sydney, Australia, in July 2008, and conclude with a final year of evangelization aimed at Italian youth.

Yesterday, Friday 31 Aug, we the priests from the Villa with the other group from Lugnano went over to the Terni centro (town center) to celebrate mass with 15 other bishops where the main celebrant was Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, for the youths who were going to Loreto for the event. I managed to take a few pictures of the occasion which began at 7.00 p.m.

The event took place in the town square where it could accomodate about 1,000+ people. It was sort of a mini 'Agora' which had songs and dance presentation after the Mass and packed dinner which followed. I was tired out when we all finally came home just before 11.00 p.m.

Today besides the pesky homework, I did nothing much except to put this entry down... :-)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Fr Aloy

Hang in there....

I am feeling particularly inspired this Sunday after listening to a rousing sermon (delivered by Fr Iggy) at the 11:15am Mass at Holy Family.

In talking about today's Gospel reading (which centres on humility), Fr Iggy made some relevant comments about what it means to be a "volunteer" and how the word was derived from the Latin word "voluntarius" - willing. Fr Iggy also made some pointed remarks about "volunterrors" and how they tended to undermine the workings of the lay apostolate groups in the church. All very relevant to Holy Family, I think!

I have also been reading about the late Mother Theresa and her crisis of faith - which was the subject of an extensive report in a recent issue of "TIME" magazine. If someone like the late Mother Theresa could have such a major crisis of faith (a spiritual desert, if you will), how much more myself.

I suppose all that we can do is go on trying to do the best that we can and leave the rest in the safe, sure hands of God.

Oh, yah - in case you are wondering why I use the moniker "skilgannon1066", just let's say that I am a fan of the late British fantasy author David Gemmell!


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