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Defending the Faith, Day 2

  /   Saturday July 19, 2003  

I’ve already blogged about how I got up this morning and could have hung meat in this room. The outside was that way, too. I never thought I’d see the day when I ran the heat and wore a jacket in July. However, it didn’t take long for the weather to turn beautiful. Apparently, there has been a lot more rain in the area this year, so the grass is green instead of brown like last year. I wonder if this year is more typical of Steubenville than last year or vice versa.

In fact, not only is the weather better, but the conference is worlds better. Last year’s theme was about building a civilization of love, and I must say that I thought it was a strange topic from the beginning. The topic of growth in holiness is much more interesting.

The morning started off with a skit on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. It was mildly entertaining, but I can’t say that it was edifying. However, after the skit we prayed the Rosary. It was just beautiful. I’m going to suggest they do it again next year. After that, we had Kristine Franklin talk about being holy in our culture. She basically talked about the importance of work. It was very good.

The Mass this morning was celebrated by Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh. He is enough to make one seriously consider moving to Pittsburgh. He was awarded the Courage in Faith Award at the beginning of Mass. His homily was about how one must accept all the teachings of the Church to be Catholic. It was amazing. Hymns sung before and during the Mass included Holy, Holy, Holy, Be Thou My Vision, All Creatures of Our God and King, and Lift High the Cross. It was great.

I won’t spend much time talking about the workshops because they were the low point of the whole day. Maybe I just went to the wrong ones. I did manage to get books autographed by Scott Hahn and Regis Martin. Confessions were held in their big tent. It’s the first time that I’ve been to confession in a tent.

The evening concluded with Scott Hahn’s talk on the Our Father and then the Holy Hour. The Blessed Sacrament was kept in the Portiuncula Chapel for adoration, and the chapel was packed. I wish every adoration chapel were packed like that, but then again I kind of enjoy having my space when I go adore the Lord. Scott Hahn began by telling people that if they didn’t have their Bibles they could look off the convert next to them. After he talked, we saw a five minute trailer of the Passion by Mel Gibson. I was kind of indifferent to it, but now I really want to see it.

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