“The Kid” Goes to Madrid!

This past Saturday, I shared a little e-mail I received from someone who was converted and called to a vocation while attending World Youth Day back in 2005. Nobody read that post, which means it must have been a pretty important one. No one ever reads posts like those.

Today, I see that Marc Barnes, known as “the Kid” around these parts, is heading to Madrid for World Youth Day, and he will be posting about his experiences. So far, he’s got Day One up, and a video too (that’s just a photograph of it up there). Go take a look over on his blog.

I’m thankful to his parents, and those of his friends, for sending him to WYD, but even more thankful that he and his buddies want to go at all. I look forward to watching their experience unfold over on Marc’s blog over the next several days.

I read somewhere recently that the Catholic Church has always stymied “the World” with the young and the weak. Hmmm, where did I read that? Oh yeah, St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble: But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong. And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his sight. 

But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption: That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.

Which couldn’t be a better introduction for the video below than if it was written just yesterday. Have a look to give the rest of us a further taste of World Youth Day, and a little history lesson on WYD as well. Twenty-six years, and counting!

  • http://rosaryforpeace.com Jeanette

    Dang, what program do I need to view the video? It's coming up just a black box.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07161523398172242534 diddleymaz

    Ive been a bit busier and tierder than usual and tend to skip WYD posts cos im not one :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    @Jeanette: You have to go to Marc's blog, because he posted the video through Facebook (and I couldn't figure out how to embed it).@diddleymaz: considering the short number of years you will spend on the planet, and have spent so far, you know, relative to eternity, you are a youngster. Can I have a "touché." on that one?!:D

  • http://www.fightingirishthomas.com Jeanette

    It's up now, Frank. It was the YouTube that wasn't coming up for whatever reason. Thanks for the post!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17654671215760801771 Antonella

    I'm not a youngster anymore, but this reminds me of a movement founded in Italy by MonsignorLuigi Giussani in 1954, called Gioventu Studentesca (Student Youth). It spread around the world (Africa, Brasil, USA) and became a lay movement in the Catholic Church with the name of Communion and Liberation. I didn't join it in Italy in my youth, but here in the USA at the age of fifty, after my conversion.It was a wonderful experience for me, which I describe in the talk I gave for our annual meeting of the Philadelphia area School of Community. It's posted on my blog, http://idealista-ontheroadtojerusalem.blogspot.com. Check it out.Posted by Antonella.