We just finished our trip to the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec. It is difficult to express what we lived there. It was so beautiful and, at the same time, very intense because of what we were trying to do. After the preparations in the fraternity in Florida, we left for Quebec. All the Cenacolo friends were there to wait for us—and so was the rain that pretty much accompanied us for the whole trip. But it did not stop us in anything we had to do.
Our presentation was Friday afternoon, and we were prepared and excited to do it. Our guys were ready and, for sure, scared and tired because we were up very early and asleep late, but we felt ready! Already it was good that we were moved from a site that held 500 people to a new site with much better equipment and with a capacity of 4000 people. That was a big gift. We were projected on a big screen, and the crowd really joined us immediately doing the “gesties” and the dancing. Then we did an intro, followed by a slide show. Then the guys did the dances of the play “From the Darkness to the Light,” testimonies, and more songs. Father Andrea and our sisters spoke too. It was just outstanding. Everyone did a great job and spoke from the heart. That’s what is important. There were probably more than 2000 people there who heard and saw our message of hope and new life that we shared in so many different ways! Later that same evening we led hour of Adoration in a building that was transformed into a chapel.
The next day was spent pretty much rehearsing and waiting for the evening because we were leading some of the Adoration for the vigil with the youth. There was a big group of young adults who led praise and worship for three hours before the Adoration. They came from all parts of Canada and were excellent musicians and sang really well. It was good for our guys to see so many youth in their 20’s and 30’s who were trying to live for God in the world because they want to, not because they have to.
Then we led the Adoration. It included the scene of the Last Supper that you have seen the guys do in the show. We were nervous because the audience was big and there were Cardinals and Bishops. We had to include three dads and me in the Last Supper scene because we were short of guys since they were playing music. We ended up with a lot of compliments, but that is not what is important. The most important was that we did it for Jesus and in front of Him in the Blessed Sacrament!
The Congress ended on Sunday with the final Mass outdoors. It was televised in Rome so the Pope could see us, and we could see the Pope as he spoke to us!
When the Congress ended a group of guys and girls went to Calgary, on the other side of Canada, to give testimonies and an interview on TV. Even there, like in Quebec, many friends awaited us.
For sure we want to thank all those that provided for us during this trip. We thank the Quebec group for their attention and kindness. We hope that our presence in the beautiful land of Canada was able to plant a seed of life and hope for many Canadians, friends of Cenacolo, who have a great desire to have Comunita Cenacolo there. We pray for God to show us His will.
Thank you Canada and thank you to the Eucharistic Jesus who called us to testify in front of young people and the Church!
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