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Bartholomew is Trending

Just a quick little post.

    I was just scrolling on facebook and reading the many statues and articles about the earthquake in Italy. I became deeply sadend when I heard about this quake and prayer for those affected. However, as I continued to scroll down my facebook I saw this on the trending:



St Bartholomew, the apostle of Jesus, is second on the trending list on facebook. I think this is a small way of how Catholics and Christians are evangelizing through social media. Something so small, but can be so significant. I see this as a mini accomplishment for the faith. It also made me smile and I had to share it :) 
This isn't the first time a saint or religious figure has trended. A few months ago, 'Jesus Christ' was trending on Twitter, and some other saints as well.... a good sign 
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How I became a Refugee

One of the main events of World Youth Day, the climatic point of the entire week, is the vigil and final mass. There we keep vigil during the night, praying to the Lord, and we awake the next morning for mass with Christs representative on earth, Pope Francis. At the end of the beautiful Mass the vicar of Christ announces where the next World Youth Day will be held. Let me explain my experience with this intense event.

     If there is one accurate phrase to sum up the vigil experience for me, it would be, I became a refugee.  Here I was, carrying everything I brought to Poland in my travelers backpack, weighing around 40 pounds, walking down the streets, not knowing where to go, but following the crowd. I was clueless, and trusted that the direction I was heading would lead me to my destination. We traveled for four and half hours in the direct sun walking every step of those nine miles, getting closer and closer to Campus Misercordes.
     When we finally did reach our section,…

How WYD Made the Nicene Creed Real

On August 3rd I returned back to Winnipeg after two and a half weeks in Poland while participating in World Youth Day. As I sat on the air plane that took nine hours to get me back to Canada, I began to contemplate and review the many unique experiences that I gained from this amazing pilgrimage. That plane ride gave me the time to digest the over flowing plateful of adventure I had just undergone. As I sat there on the dimly lit plane, one phrase was the base for all my thoughts: "  One, Holy, catholic, and Apostolic church" 

 That one phrase, from the Nicene Creed, can accurately sum up my World Youth Day experience. Notice in that phrase that their is a small c on catholic. The small 'c' catholic means universal, diverse, inclusive. All these adjectives were fully alive and evident in these two lively weeks.  Here was  gathered in the 'City of Saints', as Krakow is refereed to, millions of young people from all around the earth, all at peace. Nationali…