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By Sister Mary Garascia, C.P.P.S.

 I have been reflecting in recent weeks on the connection between wounds and Easter. 

By Monsignor Philip Behan

 Martin Buber, the great Jewish philosopher and mystic, delighted in telling the story of a Rabbi in Jerusalem. One day, a young student of the Rabbi came running into the Rabbi’s study.

 “Rabbi, Rabbi! It is true. The Messiah has finally come!” the student announced.

By Trent Teruya

 Being able to go to the World Meeting of Families and to see Pope Francis was a once in a lifetime experience.

 In seeing Pope Francis, I could feel God’s presence so much stronger than I do every day.  He inspired me to be more serious about being Catholic and about helping others.

By Karen Grozak

 Every single aspect of my family life is JOY! My trek to the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) was to affirm this and inspire others to find the same family joy. Pope Francis made clear at the WMOF that God works through us. Love is our mission and that families should radiate the joy of the Gospel

By Julia Lewis Lee

 The key speakers, presenters, and literature at the World Meeting of Families conference guided me on how to strengthen my families and home and in my parish.

 Being in Pope Francis’ presence and hearing his messages and prayers gave me the tools to care for our children as well as the elderly.

By Hilda Cruz

 Attending the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis was an unforgettable, spiritual and reaffirming experience.

 The Canonization Mass reminded me of how grateful I should be to all those who take on the mission of leaving their native land to share the Gospel.

By Father Earl Henley, M.S.C.

 The people were hungry and they were looking forward to his arrival.

 As a missionary priest, I can relate to him. He is a missionary and as a missionary you walk with the people.

By Deacon Raymond Moon

 I was impressed by the diversity of people who were there. People from over 130 countries, it was impossible to calculate the number of languages that were being spoken. Yet during the entire week I felt that we were absolutely connected as family, as we were and are, one family in Christ. 

By Dan and Lydia Kray

 We were so looking forward to gathering with over a million Catholics to get more excited and learn more about our faith. We found that and much more!

 We were most moved by the main message of “ Love is our Mission.” We experienced it in the people there, even while waiting six hours in line with thousands of people. We all were at peace just waiting and singing hymns to our Lord while in line all that time.