Two weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Philly, where Pope Francis was saying mass. I didn’t realize that over 800,000 people were also making this trip, and that the day would be filled with so much more than just getting on the bus and making the spiritual pilgrimage to see Papa Francisco.
Below were some of the emotions I experienced that epic day.
- Hopeful: What?!?! Hundreds of thousands of people were coming to Philly? No worries. I’ll still get to see Pope Francis.
- Overwhelmed: So. Many. People.
- Safe: So many happy people!! People are literally streaming the mass on their phones and sharing it with strangers. I love the Church so much.
- Proud: I am so proud to be Catholic and be surrounded by the beautiful Church who is made up of the people who are here celebrating this amazing day!! Also, shout out to our UBER TALENTED priests and sisters <3 <3 #SchoolSistersofNotreDamedeNamurfolyfe (photo credz for these photos goes to Irving Nestor)
- Intrigued: There are people here from literally everywhere in America, but of course I’d run into someone I met during highschool. #unitedforPopeFrancis (photo credz to Courtney Nellies)
- Exhausted: We’ve walked 13 miles today. I have never walked 13 miles in my life. Not sure that this is going to turn into a habit.
- Dread: Even though I feel gross, am really tired, and didn’t get to see the Pope today, I don’t want to go home. This was the best experience of my life! (top photo creds to Sally Hwang, bottom to Irving Nestor)
- Love: I have never been so happy and blessed for the opportunities I have. Not just for going on the trip, shout out to the Johns Hopkins Catholic Community for making it all possible, but also for the hundreds of thousands of people I shared that unique experience with. One of my favorite moments were on the walk back when I overheard a woman talking on the phone about how even though she wasn’t Catholic, the day had changed her too. That made me so happy. Pope Francis had reminded the world that the God we love, is a God of Love, and that that is the purest, greatest, and happiest truth I believe in.