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An Inspiring Story from a VIP

Posted by John Dunne, June 12, 2012 at 09:00

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress has participants from every background, every age, race and faith. And the VIP’s of this Congress are, without question, the 1932 Congress Veterans.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Sr. Rose from the Dominican Parish of St Kevin’s in Galway. During the week of the 1932 Congress, Sr. Rose turned 14, and she still remembers her birthday present very fondly. No, she did not get a new game or the new Barbie Doll! – her present was something far more important. She was allowed to attend Women’s Night at the Congress and for her that would start her journey with God.

She said, “Being here is very important as you are witnessing and participating in a historic and international celebration with God”. She continued “We need to have a respect for the Church and encourage people to make an increased commitment to help restore its great name and values. We need people to remember that we are all one body and Christ is the centre, and we are called to communion with all people and all creations”.

Despite the recent struggles of the Catholic Church, Sr. Rose says she is very confident about its future, “because Jesus said ‘The Gates of Hell will never prevail against the Church’”.

 

Comments

Thomas says:

John -- really nice story, this! I love the quote: "Being here is very important as you are witnessing and participating in a historic and international celebration with God." I'm also very taken with Sr Rose's challenge to encourage people to make an increased commitment to help restore the Church's great name and values.

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