A Molloy student's firsthand account and reflection of Pope Francis' Mass at Madison Square Garden
I have had so many faith-based opportunities in my life, from attending the National Catholic Youth Conference to visiting Fanjuex where St. Dominic founded the Dominican Order, but most recently I had the pleasure of attending the Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden. I was chosen from a lottery of students involved in Campus Ministries here at Molloy. From the moment I got in line waiting to enter the Garden I could tell this was going to be an experience unlike any other. We - myself, two other students and Sr. Diane - entered Madison Square Garden after traveling over ten blocks and waiting over two hours. The first thing that caught my attention was the diversity of the crowd that surrounded us. Before the Pope arrived, there was a service where the Rosary was being prayed by all the faithful that were gathered and still filtering in. Then the moment came when Pope Francis entered the Garden and the focus shifted. It was absolutely astounding that, in a venue full of people, one could hear a pin drop during the Pope's homily. Everyone came together in prayer and it was such a powerful experience to pray the Our Father with such a diverse population under one roof. You could see the universality of our Church and how Christ brings unity to all mankind. The moment that will stick with me above all was when our pontiff called us to pray for him as his last request. He is humble enough to admit that he needs the support of his people as much as they need his support. Krystine Abberton - Senior Nursing Student, Class of 2016
Luke 18:14b -. . . for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
Saint of the Day St. Peter of Damascus
The bishop of Damascus, Syria, at the time of the Islamic conquest of the region. He was seized by the Muslims for preaching against Muhammad and condemned to death. His captors tortured, blinded, crucified, and finally beheaded him.
Pictured above is Pope Francis placing a white rose at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in NYC.