Saturday, August 20, 2011

World Youth Day 2011 Madrid, Spain

Pope Benedict XVI in speaking to the youth of the world reflected on the Stations of the Cross: "Let us look upon Christ, hanging on the harsh wood of the Cross, and let us ask him to teach us this mysterious wisdom of the Cross, by which man lives. The Cross was not a sign of failure, but an expression of self-giving in love that extends even to the supreme sacrifice of one’s life. The Father wanted to show his love for us through the embrace of his crucified Son: crucified out of love. The Cross, by its shape and its meaning, represents this love of both the Father and the Son for men. Here we recognize the icon of supreme love, which teaches us to love what God loves and in the way that he loves: this is the Good News that gives hope to the world."

There are thousands and thousands of Catholic Youth from throughout the world gathered together for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Throughout the course of five days they have been praying, learning, and enjoying their Catholic faith. Pope Benedict continues to inspire the youth with a message of faith and love. May the symbol of the Cross be a sign of hope not of failure. May we learn the true meaning of Love and share it with one another. May we be a sign of Hope this world so desperately needs! God bless.

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