As I write this I am listening to the bands "warming up" a couple of blocks up the street preparing for the next parade to begin. The beautiful horses, well-maintained carriages, antique cars, and all the other creative floats bring an atmosphere of joy and celebration to our city. However, these festivities are unable to completely block out the realities of what is going on in our world.
Please continue to pray fervently for our world. Pray for the safety of all the World Youth Day pilgrims in Poland. I read an article this morning that said twenty-thousand police have been assigned to protect the pope while he is there. Let us hope they protect all the pilgrims as well.