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Friday, April 01, 2005


Two years ago at Palm Sunday Mass - This is one of the screens, we were about 50 yards from the Pope.
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7 Comments:

  • At 7:43 AM, Blogger El Andariego said…

    Good Morning Elzbieta. Nice to have you back in the blogsphere. I have been in two papal audiences myself, once (1989) in San Francisco at Candlestick Park (I think its been renamed), and then (1995) in Rome at an actual General Audience in the Paul VI Auditorium. Both times the pope was still in pretty good health. I think these are the only times in my life I have actually experience real "charisma". It was amazing to me how one can experience the emotional energy of one individual on a large crowd. It was way beyond being at a concert and seeing your favorite band or celebrity. It makes you think of the concepts of power and influence and how it can be used for both good and evil in the world. Did you experience this phenomena too?

     
  • At 5:39 PM, Blogger Elzbieta said…

    Hello,
    Rob and I were talking about how we had the chills and felt truly in the presence of something magnificent when I posted this. It is amazing the feeling we had when we walked up toward the center of St. Peter's Square only to find the Pope giving mass. We were so excited and in awe. Americans get teased abroad for great exaggeration in the use of the word AWESOME, but it was.

     
  • At 2:21 PM, Blogger Angelo (Dave) said…

    That is interesting -- I had heard a bunch of people speak about John Paul II's charisma but I never saw him live. You don't -- or I didn't -- really get it from TV -- but that is often the case.

    You really do have to experience it.

     
  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger Elzbieta said…

    Yes, the live experience brought out emotion I never experienced seeing even the most touching scenes of the Pope on TV.

     
  • At 5:13 PM, Blogger Rick said…

    I saw Al Gore live once...

     
  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger Aydelvise said…

    My Mom and Dad saw him in Denver for World Youth Day. I think Tom was with them, too. They came back very happy and inspired. I never saw him in person but I love so many of the things he gave us. He was charismatic in action as well as presence. I echo your sentiments, John Paul II, We Love You. John Paul II, We thank you! By the way, your mom once gave me a Pope John Paul II rosary.

     
  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger Elzbieta said…

    Rick - Al Gore was alive? He always seemed like dead wood to me.
    Adele, I agree that seeing him in person leaves you with a feeling of inspiration. Like I said earlier in the comments...like you were definately in the presence of something awesome. I hope it wasn't the rosary I bought her at the Vatican! hehehe

     

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