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It has been a wonderful day! It started with a cup of tea at my door kindly provided by Raquel, my new mum for a few days. We have all been welcomed into people’s homes in Basildon whilst we’re in London and me and Jess couldn’t ask for a better host! 

I started the ‘working’ day playing splat, duck duck goose, wink murder and switch, to name a few games, with St Vincent’s Primary School. When they finally got into the cathedral, after much crowd control, they were the ones telling me about Don Bosco. They even knew about RUAH!

For the remainder of the day, I was placed at the departure stand and it has rejuvinated me when I was beginning to flag. Having people tell me how much they enjoyed the experience, how inspiring ‘it’ all is and asking how they can become involved filled me with a sense of pride in all the people that have made this happen. All the hours it took to organise have paid off. Visitors love what has been created and love the passion and enthusiasm that is on show. I think the aim of spreading the Salesian word has well and truly been accomplished. 

“Darling it’s wonderful, inspirational for evangilisation not just for Catholics, but for human beings”

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Day off today in Cardiff, I met Keith the Fish!

 

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Humble is how I would sum up today. Being able to watch people express their faith is an amazing privilege. The solitude of people silently praying moves me. I showed 3 children around the pilgrimage today, giving their parents time to complete it alone. I was starting to talk about Don Bosco’s dream at 9 when one of the little girls began to tell me the story and finished it. 

When I began to talk about Dominic Savio, they again got excited and told me who he was. I asked how they knew and they told me they had read it on the computer yesterday. I was in awe of the dedication their parents had in teaching their children about Don Bosco so that when they came to visit they would have a better understanding of who he was. 

I woke up this morning not wanting to get out of bed, even stating “Why? I don’t even like Young People”. Today has showed me what a terrible liar I am, leading a group around the journey was amazing and having the young people challenge me on some of the Salesian ideologies was even better. “How can you be strict and loving at the same time?”

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Another amazing day! Birmingham Catholic Youth Service (BCYS) had 30(ish) volunteers come to help us out today so we all got a chance to do something new. We got to spend the morning with a group of young people. I had good shepherd primary school they were just fab; they listened intently to the story of Don Bosco and were really inquisitive about everything, even asking how old mama Margaret was when she died. 

I spent the afternoon (after a luxury long break due to the cathedral being closed) in the cathedral crypt playing games and relaxing with All Saints secondary school from Sheffield. The day ended with a Youth Vigil which almost filled the cathedral; mass reduced me to tears which was a new and unexpected surprise. I think reflecting on the day and having a chance to think about what we have done so far and celebrating with a cathedral full of other people my age really moved me (either that or I’m just exhausted!).

 

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What an amazing, uplifting day we’ve all had. I can’t really describe what happened today but by the end I had the sense of ‘yes, that’s why we’re here’. 

The morning started with a very regimented ‘silent’ school coming to pray with the relics. To see so many young people waiting in silence, praying in silence, walking in silence was all but a little unnerving.

Just before it all got a little too intense though, a wave of energy came flowing through the cathedral in the form of 2000 Salesian school pupils from St John Bosco, Savio Salesian College, Thornleigh and All Saints Primary.

They were fantastic, and being able to be a part of their pilgrimage experience was a great honour. At one point I looked around and said: “this is real four windows stuff”. There were young people being welcomed and feeling relaxed, learning more about Don Bosco, watching magic shows and taking time to pray with Don Bosco, all under the cathedral roof! It was just a fantastic thing to witness.

I was able to top the day off by introducing my nephew to Don Bosco; he wrote a letter asking Don Bosco if he likes roses and if he would like to play games with him. I got a message in the evening saying Thomas loved the cathedral and wants to go back to visit and that he said on the way home that Jesus was his friend. 

All the end of mass we processed out of the cathedral with Don Bosco as a sign of him and us leaving cathedral, Liverpool and moving on to Birmingham. It was a great way to end a truly unbelievable day! Bring on Birmingham!

 

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DON BOSCO TODAY

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