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Mark Irons is just a crazy young man driving the faith freeway. The GPS is pointed toward God, but flashing arrows, smiling faces and drive-thru windows line the road. The off-ramp is inevitable.
August 14th, 2013

As I grabbed for my shoes recently, grains of sand fell to the floor. A joyous reminder that just a couple weeks ago, I was on a beach. This wasn’t your typical beach vacation though –– I was on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro with millions of other Catholics, celebrating World Youth Day. For me it was a super-charged spiritual retreat. I assure you, Rio is still fresh on the minds and hearts of all the WYD pilgrims. It was uplifting and inspiring, and for this pilgrim, something I will truly never forget.
I think back now, and the whole week seems like a blur. Like a dream. A dream with lots of sand.
I went down to Rio with Paulist Seminarian, Jimmy Hsu. If you haven’t had the chance, check out the rest of our videos,…

August 4th, 2013

Yes, World Youth Day Rio has ended, but we shot so much footage it’s still coming in, in a big way. One of my favorite memories from WYD, was our trip to Corcovado. Atop this lush mountain, is an iconic statue of Jesus – “Christ the Redeemer”. Standing tall for nearly a century, this statue represents the man who claimed he was God incarnate.
As we ascended Corcovado in a compact tourist van, which I do believe was driven by a crazy man, I began to think, many people thought that Jesus was pretty crazy, right? He was even put to death by folks who thought his messianic claims had gone too far. And what about today? Is there still a need for Jesus, or for his teachings, or the need to know him? In our present…

July 30th, 2013

Hot off the heals of World Youth Day Rio, Pope Francis is still making headlines. Luckily, we were able to see this rock star pope up close not just once, but twice, the latter time as he arrived at Copacabana beach to celebrate Mass. We’ve all seen images of this pontiff celebrating Mass, visiting the poor, getting on and off a plane, etc., but what happens when he hits the beach for the first time?
I was on the beach along with 1.5 million other World Youth Day Pilgrims, all pushing to get a view of the man entrusted with the keys of Peter. In the process I lost Jimmy, and asked some pilgrims why we need a pope and what he does for our Church.…

July 27th, 2013

What is your vocation? No, I’m not asking where you went on your summer trip, but rather what is God inviting you to do? At World Youth Day, a big focus has been on the exploration of religious vocations, whether one is called to be a priest, brother, or nun. We spoke to some pilgrims who had questions about the call, and got responses from those who have already answered theirs. In the process we had a lot of fun, and assured one pilgrim you don’t have to fit a certain mold to bring great glory to God.…

July 25th, 2013

It would be hard to find a place on earth that better showcases the unity of the Catholic Church than here at World Youth Day. Hundreds of thousands of young people, all different, yet united by their faith, have gathered together here. Imagine a huge amount of Catholics coming together to worship at Mass. Now imagine them representing their countries with pride and talking about what faith is like back home. Finally, throw in a four mile beach that serves as the church. Ok, now stop imagining and watch it all right now!…

July 24th, 2013

It’s an understatement to say that it has been an absolutely amazing time for us since landing in Rio. Having never traveled to another country, I didn’t know what I should expect, but everything seems to be coming together, as if God was guiding this whole Busted Halo® pilgrimage.
Shortly after we arrived, we found out that the pope was going to drive right past us — and, boy did we get to see him close up! We spoke to a few other young Catholic pilgrims from all over the world about this unique experience. Reflecting on this whole event, it’s hard not to say that God isn’t guiding it with his own hand. Knowing this, I’m filled with confidence and excitement for all that the rest of the week…

July 21st, 2013

I often feel like I am trying to recommit myself. Whatever it is — work, relationships, healthier eating, exercise — there’s always room for improvement. Faith is no exception. Have you ever felt inspired to actively live and seek out your faith, but the next minute you feel unmotivated, tired, and ready to throw in the towel? The spiritual journey has been both bumpy and smooth for me. Faith takes discipline. For me it requires a constant recommitment. It’s never too late to hit the path. Instead of tomorrow, now is a great time to start the ultimate journey. It’s a journey in search of God. For better or worse, I decided to pack light and just go. The adventure starts now and it continues down…

July 9th, 2013
Ready to explore WYD with a video camera

I can’t help but get excited when I think about attending World Youth Day 2013. This will be my first trip outside of the United States and Canada, let alone to Rio de Janeiro! What better way to visit a new country than with 2 million fellow young adult Catholics? I don’t think I’ll be lonely! I look forward not only meeting fellow World Youth Day pilgrims filled with joy and excitement, but also hearing about their personal and diverse faith journeys. What does the Church look like in different parts of the world? What gets people really juiced about their faith? Why did they come to World Youth Day? What do they hope to take away? These are some questions I’d like answered.
Of course, because it’s a personal…

January 28th, 2013

Three years after college graduation Mark Irons is asking, Now what? He hits the streets of New York City with a camcorder to see if other young people are asking some of the same questions. More importantly, how did they go about making the big decisions in their lives?

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