Day 2: World Meeting of Families – Part 1
We started the day with taking our 8-yr old to the youth conference and then heading to Mass, with our sleepy 2-yr old, where we enjoyed the celebration with thousands of our newest friends. The Mass was a great celebration and it was great to see the many celebrants up on stage.
The keynote by Cardinal Robert Sarah reminded us that evil is in the darkness, hiding from the light that is Jesus – we are not avoiding the dark, the dark is avoid us as bring a light in Christ. The family is where this light begins, becoming a witness turned outward sign of love and unity.
Our 2-yr old “went on strike” at this point. So, out of a little frustration, we left the talk and decided to give him a little room to run. But of course, in this, our son taught me yet another lesson. This little human being did the most simple of things – giggled and ran. The freedom he expressed in simply being able to run around took a minute for me to really get it, but he was simply reacting to his environment, just like all of us do – he just doesn’t have the skills yet to communicate that what was initially going on around him was not meeting his needs. He needed to do what little boys do, explore. So, getting in the groove, he taught me a 2nd lesson for the day, all in the matter of about 30 minutes. I will save that 2nd lesson for a separate post, though.
While the conference is structured for the lecture format, which is the societal norm, we are needing to adjust our plan of attendance, focus on who we are – a family first and doing what a family does – absorb, adjust, love one another, meet each others needs and go to Plan B – no problem. We are enjoying, learning and growing at the conference – not only from the sessions going on, but from one another as well.