Friday, March 30, 2007

"Dare to love your families,”

"Dare to love your families,” Pope tells Roman youth prior to hearing confessions
Thousands of young people gather for penance service with Holy Father

(CNA) .- In advance of the 22nd annual World Youth Day, which will be celebrated this Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI met with thousands of Roman youth on Thursday night, leading them in a penance service, and hearing some of their individual confessions. The Holy Father encouraged the young people to encounter God’s love in the Sacrament and challenged them to then go forth, living a life of Christian love.The Holy Father welcomed the thousands of young people to a penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica, a liturgy he called, “a meeting around the Cross, a celebration of God’s mercy which in the Sacrament of Confession each of you can personally experience.”

1 comment:

Hebdomadary said...

I remember being in Rome for the Easter Triduum in 1985. I was 22 years old, and it was my first trip through Europe. I was in St. Peter's that good Friday morning, and in the left transept there was a great crowd gathered, but nothing seemed to be happening. Someone must have told me, but I came to realise that the Holy Father was hearing confessions in one of the confessionals, the kind seen here with the Dutch doors, lower and upper half. They were both closed, but the Papal stole was drooped over the lower half, with the upper closed over it, a sign that it was himself in there. But I was young, and it's always amused me that my first thought was, "I wonder if he knows his stole got caught in the door!"

It's quite a memory. I also saw the Holy Father do the Good Friday mass, the Via Crucis at the Colliseum, and the Easter Vigil. I hope I live to see a pope do a Tridentine mass. If Benedict ever does it, I'll go to Rome to hear it without fail.