Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Pope in Lebanon

Pope Benedict has traveled to an area of the world that is stricken by troubles and images of which no child should ever be made aware. He came and did a most unprecedented thing: he encouraged those gathered for the youth rally to be children again! 

There was dancing and bright colors, oversized images (e.g., a large cross, a large catechism, and a large globe) and even fireworks! The world of the Middle East was, in short, transformed into a child’s world again, as we saw things the way children see things: big and bright and beautiful and loud. 

The Holy Father was intentionally encouraging those onlookers to do what children do: to forget about the troubles of this mortal life, and to rejoice in being happy and free and filled with hope.