delfin bautista

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Gathering on the beach

Making a truth-filled mess judgment free

We are in the homestretch!  As I sit here at my gate waiting for the flight to the US, I have been reflecting on the various messages we have received from the pope this week…live your truth, make a mess, and who am I to judge.   This week has been incredible and I know that insights will continue to be sparked with each look back today, next week, 2 months from now, 10 years from now. 

Being in an airport contemplating the significance of the pope’s comments made in an airport was a delightful experience.  His final words, who I am to judge, are ones that I am wrestling with.  Is he simply restating the church’s traditional stance but changing the focus from disordered to no marginalization?  Or is it a glimpse or glimmer, however small, of hope-filled transformation that is happening within all levels of church?   Maybe he got one of our stickers or prayer cards…maybe it’s a sign that the spirit is moving…maybe and hopefully both (I could see it now, the pope wearing a “I am Equally Blessed” sticker on his white robes!). 

Large gathering of pilgrims on the beach

We survived and we thrived!!!

I think our group needs to buy the t-shirt “I survived WYD Rio…bring it on WYD Poland!” 

At one of the catechesis sessions, Archbishop Fisher from Australia shared that young people are not the future of the church—we are the right now of the church.  As I reflect over the week, still being wowed that the pilgrimage actually happened (no longer just planning calls once a month), being the church right now has taken on special significance.