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Follow along as Busted Halo® correspondent Mark Irons & Paulist seminarian Jimmy Hsu, CSP, bring you reflections, videos, photos and more from the front lines of World Youth Day in Rio!

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August 14th, 2013

Video: It’s Over, Now What?


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, pictures, and blog entries from a life-changing week in Brazil

World Youth Day has ended but the impact it left on the millions who lived it remains strong. Many pilgrims are now spreading their faith all over the globe. After all, the theme for this WYD was “Go and make Disciples of all Nations” (Matthew 28:19). The sand from Copacabana Beach will eventually leave my shoes completely, but the effects of what I experienced on that beach will always remain. I saw a unified church, and a faith that is very much alive.

The Author : Mark Irons
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.
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