Sunday, July 20, 2008

A note from Therese Martinez

Some of the teens finally gave me the journal that they have been writing in. I will post a few entries and will then get you caught up on the last two days. The short version is we made it! It was an amazing experience! We are feasting on pizza and soda at the hotel on a rainy Sunday night!

From Therese Martinez

July 17th

All in all, today was a pretty good day it was the second day of our catechetical session and just like the first day, it was amazing. Every session had Mass at the end of the talks, testimonies, and skits which made the session so much better. After the session we made our way to Barangaroo to see the Papal arrival. We had a great view of the Pope-mobile.

At the end of his talk (which was very hard to understand by the way) he blessed us and it was so amazing to see the look on everyone's face when the Pope himself blessed us. After that the Pope went to ride around the streets in Sydney and thats when it got crazy. We didn't follow the Pope around town like some other people, so instead we sat and ate dinner and waited for the crowd to die down.

We came to a conclusion that we were going to go to the Matt Maher concert. Half the group got separated on the way over but we found each other and got back on track. When we got to the concert we're surprised to hear there would be adoration. It was wonderful to see that many people worship Jesus in my opinion. It was one of the most powerful adorations I've ever been to. After all that we were all exhausted and ready to sleep.

This day went by really fast, but it's kind of sad. Before we know it it'll be over, but we'll never lose our memories or our knowledge. Only four more days til we leave and I know in those four days we'll all put in as much as we want to get out.

This trip is a life changing experience and I can see that through every person in our group. Like on of the priests said (sorry forgot his name), "When you look at the person beside you, you're looking into the eyes of Jesus."

Therese Martinez

2 comments:

Whistler said...

peace & blessings Therese! wonderful post, thanks for sharing your perspective.

Tell Matt Maher or Kristin Niedbala hello if ya'll randomly run into them again...

Martinez Family said...

Peter wants to know when is Tesse coming home. We have been praying for you and are excited to hear that everything is going as planned. We can't wait to see you when you get home since we now live in College Station.
Love, Aunt Marla

Therese,
We have always seen Jesus in your eyes!!!! We love you and can't wait to see you! Mom & Dad