On Sunday 26th August 2018, I became a Pilgrim along with thousands of other Irish people.
We were a strange motley of persons from OAP's / families / babies / religious; you name it,
we were there in great spirits and willing and able to endure the long trek to the Pope's Cross in the Phoenix Park.
A prayerful excitement filled many hearts as we took our places and then went wild when
Pope Francis came along in the Pope mobile. I screamed with delight when he came close and followed his journey around on the huge screen in front of the magnificent Altar.
He spoke with great reverence and asked for forgiveness for the many wrongs which have taken place in the Church where fallen humanity has stood in the way of compassion and love.
Pope Francis spoke strongly about the need in the world today for Love./ for God to be present in our daily lives.
I found myself thinking of the woman in the Bible who was accused of adultery and the angry crowd who wanted to stone her to death...
Christ said, ' Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.'
Little by little, they all walked away.
Christ said, ' Has no one condemned thee? Neither do I. Go and sin no more.'
Great Lesson for today where there is such a hunger for blame and such a lack of forgiveness.