Friday, August 17, 2007

World Youth Day: what is it good for?

This may offend you--- actually, I'm afraid it will definitely offend you and you should go to one of my other posts right now


Still with me? Okay, I warned ya. Forgive me, but I think WYD is a waste of time and money. Yes, I loved JPII and I revere his memory but honestly, how does getting a bunch of kids together on a grassy field to listen to pop music really help the Church? Are they hearing about sacrifice? Are they hearing about duty and honor? Are they being told to be real rebels, defy the world and live the Gospels?

From what I've seen WYD is mainly an excuse to tell kids how special and precious and wonderfully wonderful they are. Young Catholics don't need such an expensive excercise in narciscism. St. Maria Gorreti didn't have a pep rally, neither did St. Agnes, St. Bernadette, or St. Gemma. Frank Parater and Paul Murphy attained holiness without WYD too. Instead of a pat on the back St. Josephine Bakhita spent her youth suffering tortures that I don't even want to dwell on.

To the people say that WYD offers daily Mass and Adoration I say "so what?" You don't have to go to Australia for that. Jesus-- the sweet Lord Jesus, so patient, so loving, so merciful, awaits us in every tabernacle in the world. All you have to do is go to Him. Do you want an experience? Go to Mass. At the moment of transubstantiation it becomes heaven on earth. You can't beat that. Do you want beauty, do you long to be awed by the power of love? Do you want to swim in an ocean of grace? You don't need to go to Oz, all you need to do is spend 30 minutes on your knees in front of the Blessed Sacrament. There you'll find everything you need.

The next WYD is going to be in Australia, a country that despite having a pretty good bishop could use a major evagelization effort. The local muslims have invited young Catholics to visit their mosques while in there.

Instead of warning people not to set foot in a mosque the folks running WYD seem to think this is a great idea. Parents don't write a huge check so your kid can go to the other side of the world and then be preached at by an iman.


Lynne said...

Unfortunately, WYD is quickly becoming Ground Zero for the pagans and heretics to reach Catholic kids. Some group (Planned Parenthood?) distributes condoms. Some other group distributes Chick-like tracts, the composer of the 'official' WYD song is not Catholic and thinks gays some be able to get married.

Coffee Catholic said...

I'm glad you brought this up because I have always felt very uncomfortable about World Youth Day. Kids need to be taught that they are NOT the center of the Universe - Jesus is. Does WYD really do this?? I dunno. I have serious doubts.

Anonymous said...

Oh Amen! I'm so glad I found this blog!

It's no wonder kids don't want to grow up these days, the world keeps telling them how great it is to be a kid! Like you said, I love JP2, but I think WYD has gotten away from the original idea, just like V2, hmm...

God Bless!

David L Alexander said...

Yes, you can avail yourself of certain opportunities without leaving your own country. But I believe the idea is to share in such opportunities with those of other countries. This occasionally involves leaving one's own.

Personally, I would chuck the whole idea and join the crowd that does the walk to Chartres every year. A pilgrimage is a real spiritual quest, as opposed to... well, you get the idea.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Guess where people were sending their youth from that Church in Carrières St Denis, where I sat next to that weekend?