Tuesday, August 09, 2005

World Youth Day in Cologne

I'll be attending World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany next week with the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan. We leave Sunday, and I'm still debating about whether to bring my laptop and do liveblogging. If I don't, here are some cool links:

World Youth Day Website (with a webcam and everything)
Tim Drake at "Young and Catholic" (he'll be liveblogging)
also, go to Open Book for links to everyone who will be providing live coverage of WYD.

If you're at ND, be sure to stay on campus for an outdoor video feed of the vigil and Mass on the 20th and 21st.

13 Comments:

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get wasted!

 
At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

Yes, I'm sure there will be much "Holy Spirit Drunkeness" going on. Good one.

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Catholics don't get drunk? YEAH RIGHT!

 
At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Becky said...

Catholics who are trying to live holy lives do so very sparingly.

 
At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very sparingly? LOLLLLLLLLLLLL Its still a sin whether in excess or even sparingly. I see how you pick and choose your sins. Must be nice. enjoy hell.

 
At 1:09 AM, Anonymous Becky said...

oh my. Settle down. I know that drunkenness is a sin. I didn't want to say "never" because even the holiest make mistakes. Geez.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Andrew said...

Becky, it's time to close down the blog. You're credibility has been utterly pulverized by anon's last post. Frankly, I feel like I've watched one of my mentors fall from grace.

 
At 9:24 AM, Anonymous irish said...

So what is this WYD anyway, Becky? Their website doesn't seem to want to tell people who don't know what it is already what it's all about.

 
At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your updates. Have a great week.

tjc

 
At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

Andrew, I'm afraid only those who wish to make a mountain out of a molehill while trying to avoid more pressing issues as evidenced by the title of this post and subsequent off topic thread, are the ones who are at risk for falling from grace.
My sister (yes, a less intelligent, less legally-minded, younger brother is about to defend her integrity) doesn't wish to lower herself to such nonsense when she has more noble battles to fight. I, however, enjoy wasting time and will humor those still interested in good faith to penetrate an issue none the less. So theology and booze it is:
Alcohol, unlike what many protestants believe, is not inherently evil. It can be more of a vice for some people than for others and it usually becomes more problematic when used as means of escape from reality instead of a simple social lubricant. The Church has never had a problem with "drinking and being merry" but it certainly has a problem with abusing our bodies; "temples" of the Holy Spirit and for Catholics, "tabernacles" of Christ. Try going to daily Mass and then getting beligerent later that night. Constantly reasserting the knowledge that you are Christ's living, moving body on earth would make it very difficult to funnel poison into our bodies. This is the mindset that Catholics should hold with them, whether you attend daily Mass or not. With that said, it's also interesting to ponder how Christ chose to present himself to us under the appearence of Bread and "Wine". When we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, we still in fact ingest all of the properties of bread and wine but through the transubstantiative act of Consecration, that Wine is indeed Christ's living Blood flowing through our veins.
The irony runs deep, but I hope this does a little bit better than telling Catholics to simply drink in "moderation". Having a few drinks with friends can now be a reminder to us of the Great Gift of Christ's Blood in the Sacramental Wine, but having too many drinks and losing our sound judgement makes us lose sight of the fact that Christ could only give this Gift in complete freedom. If Christ was under the influence as He died on the Cross, he wouldn't have been able to "consommate" the last supper from the night before and we would be at a loss.
Hope there's plenty here to reflect on - like how I was alluding to the marriage covenant. I'll let you draw your own revelations.
Peace and long live B16 (thought something about WYD should be in this thread)

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Andrew said...

That was nice. I hope the sarcasm in my earlier post was clear. I was most certainly not faulting dear Becky. I was commenting on the trigger-happy anonymous trying to catch our good Catholic host off guard.

 
At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

Andrew, my judgement was not for you but I'll sheepishly admit that I did misread your sarcasm. Yours truly thinks he is a master of wit but obviously is stuggling with interpreting others'.

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Becky said...

Check the comments on the next post for the updates. Computer problems...

 

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