A quick post before I head off to the cathedral for Sunday Mass with our group.
Our pilgrims made an incredible journey on foot to the airfield where the pope would arrive for the vigil last night and the Sunday Mass. Unfortunately our spot was taken and the gates closed by the time we arrived about 6 p.m. We encountered a lightening storm (our shared prayers got us through) and slept in a field outside the grounds on our air mattresses. We pooled money to buy sandwishes as they would not take our vouchers for our bagged food.
This morning we headed to the gate to get to our spot, which we were told was open now and were turned away again. With much dismay and discernment we chose to return to the hotel and attend Mass together at the cathedral.
The safe but weary pilgrims were surprisingly not disheartened by this misadventure. Moreover they all agreed that even though we were not able to attend the papal Mass, this has been an exciting and fulfilling trip.
Off to Mass. More later.