‘Off my game’ in Madrid, keep the prayers coming

By Emily Anderson
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MADRID — I am totally off of my game this World Youth Day. I am not sure if it is because I am in a non-English speaking country or if it is because it is so hot down here, but either way, the first two days of WYD haven’t been fabulous.

I managed to get separated my group tonight for the opening Mass! It was beyond frustrating. At least I had someone with me. It was difficult at the Mass because it was soooo cramped and not in English made it hard to enter in. But, this isn’t the big papal Mass. Please keep praying for us! We did go to an exhibit at the Love and Life Center hosted by the Sisters of Life and the Knights of Columbus. It was awesome and really made us consider life and the choices we make. There were a few tears shed, but overall, it was today’s high!

Emily “Em” Anderson, 28, is the director of youth ministry at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Va. She is excited to be traveling with seven teens and two other adults from her ministry. This is her second World Youth Day, having trekked across the world to Sydney with 10 teens for World Youth Day in 2008. She enjoys laughing, singing at the top of her lungs — rather badly — praying liturgy of the hours and planning her next party.

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3 Responses to ‘Off my game’ in Madrid, keep the prayers coming

  1. The Kenneys says:

    Hang in the Em. We’re praying for you and the teens.

  2. Becky says:

    Hang in there! Thinking about you and all the kids you brought to WYD – what a great example you are for them! Here’s hoping you’re “back on your game” soon!

  3. Lou Byers says:

    Em! I wathced the Mass with you yesterday how amazing we can be on to sides of the earth and still experience the same thing. Give our kids a hug from us if you see them!


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