There have been many blessings and graces received by our pilgrims who took up this journey seeking the truth of faith in pilgrimage sites of Lima in daily masses and in reconciliation,
the beauty of Machu Picchu, Iguazu, and beautiful churches.
the goodness of Mission work in Pamplona, and in fellow pilgrims giving to the poor.
God has spoken to those who have come seeking Him. We have learnt patience, humility, and trust.
My faith has been encouraged by our pilgrims walking the 10km to pray and worship God in mass, our pilgrims who waited 3 hours to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, the wonderful way our youth entered into the mission work, by the beauty of God in Iguazu and Machu Picchu, and by sharing in the journey with pilgrims from not only Sydney but across the world.
What remains is the challenge to continue this pilgrimage throughout our whole lives back home. To revisit those special places we found God, and to find new ones as our eyes are opened to Him. To continue to seek His grace in the sacraments, and in prayer. I believe there was also a grace given to take up a new good habit, and to lay down an old one which was not from God. We are also called to mission - to share what we have received with others.
We are reminded of the themes of World Youth Day, Hope in the Cross of Christ, Discipleship in following Him, and Going out sharing the Good news - making disciples.
May we always continue to seek and find Him,