God in the Dodgy Pier

This was originally published on my old blog, Rebel Catholic that recorded my adventures doing a nun run in 2013. I’m republishing it here in honour of the third anniversary since I returned home and the beginning of life in the married vocation I am called to. 

Part 8: God in the Dodgy Pier

Originally Published: Monday 5th August, 2013

It’s Wednesday and the first day of our Catechesis with an unknown Bishop/Cardinal. We had learned from the efforts of Doug, Sarah and Natalie that our Catechesis site was not in the ritziest part of Rio de Janeiro.

So we ventured out, it took us half an hour and Natty getting a little disoriented before arriving at Samba City. Did I mention it had been raining? Yes, raining non-stop since tuesday and the streets which are half construction site and half moldering port and partially underwater.

We arrived at Samba City to a deserted carnival-like atmosphere. Turns out this is where the store, build and rehearse all the carnival floats.

Our mystery speaker turned out to be Cardinal Napier from South Africa. He was a Francisican and just beautiful! The theme was hope and he spoke really well to it. He cracked a few jokes about a Jesuit pope out Franciscan-ing the Franciscans. He spoke about how critical hope is to us as human beings but also to being people of faith and discipleship.
It was then Aussie Gathering time and I had to race over to Vivo Rio with Jake Ryan (our Musician) because I had a reading part. It wasn’t too bad. Just a bit of a rally with a prayer service. I apparently read very well. I also ran into a bunch of the Liverpool guys.
A bunch of people were heading out to the Vocations centre and then find a place to go dancing. I decided to head back home because the week was catching up with me. I ended up heading to the hotel to do some internet stuff and had a sandwich there. It was then bedtime and the Pope was being welcomed tomorrow!

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