In the nearly 13 years I have been serving in youth ministry, one of my most vivid experiences is one I never expected to have at all. I was a late addition to World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, having been invited on the generosity of my Archdiocese a month before the event actually took place. To be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into – but the experience of being in such a tremendous crowd, being only a few feet from a now canonized Saint (JPII), and the opportunity to get a sense of what it means to be part of a universal Church was absolutely priceless.
One of the lasting memories of Toronto was the Vigil with Pope John Paul II, where the crowd swelled from 400,000 to 800,000 on an old air force base to pray, camp outdoors, and wrap up an incredible week with Mass celebrated by the late, great Pope. The small group I had travelled with had found a good spot not too far from the stage, and were in prime position to soak in all that the next 24 hours would have to offer. [Read more…] about Why do good people suffer?