Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hello from Auckland!

The Eucharistic Convention is almost over, and I must say that it has been a grace-filled experience. What a marvelous thing it is to come to the other side of the world and find brothers and sisters who share the same faith, the same values, the same traditions, but then that is the beauty of our holy Catholic faith. I was a bit under the weather at first; jet lag can be a bit like postpartum depression in that one feels weepy and overwhelmed. However, everyone at the convention was so welcoming and reassuring that I made a speedy recovery. It was an honor to meet some of the other speakers, namely Bishop Patrick Dunn, Fr. John Flader, Sr. Trish Franklin, and Dr. Mark Miravalle. All of the talks have been incredibly inspiring, along with the prayer and fellowship. The Masses have been Gregorian chant as well as some magnificent polyphony, worthy of a major basilica. The rosary was chanted each day in Latin during the Holy Hour~ how beautiful! The teas and lunches catered by the Filipina ladies were quite delicious. The time has sped by; when not participating in the devotions, I have been having some amazing conversations with people from all over the world, of all ages and backgrounds. It has been an experience of such powerful faith that it would be impossible for me to come away unchanged. I am also happy to say that my talks were well-received and opened up many interesting discussions. Overall, I have learned more than I have taught, and have received so much more than I have given. Share

8 comments:

Matterhorn said...

So happy to hear it has been such a wonderful experience.

April said...

Hello from Auckland, Elena, and welcome!

So glad to hear that this has been a worthwhile experience. I was most disappointed that I was unable to attend. I would have loved to hear you in person. Wishing you all the best with the rest of your stay - despite the rainy weather!

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Matterhorn!

Thank you, April! I am having a great time in spite of the rain!

SF said...

Glad to hear it's going well!
Enjoy, though this reader misses you.
:>

christopher said...

Elena, make sure to say hi to Frodo for me before you leave!

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks, Susan!

Christopher, I had dinner with Frodo last night and passed on everyone's regards!

Georgette said...

Sounds like a terrific trip! Enjoy the rest of your stay and safe travels on your way home. I miss you!

Veritas said...

Sounds like you've had a wonderful time, Elena, and I'm sure there'll be many more graces abd blessings yet to come out for yourself and all those involved.