Monday, August 8, 2011

Hasta La Vista!

"So, are you going to blog World Youth Day?" Several people asked me this after I had started the blog. And my immediate reaction was simple: "No way!"
At first, the thought was strictly practical and technical: the only equipment I have to blog on is my big, clunky laptop, and there was no way I was going to lug that around Portugal and Spain for two weeks. I also couldn't imagine having time and energy to write posts in the midst of all the action.
But really, as I pondered it, it wasn't those practical considerations at all that make me say, "Hasta La Vista" (and not in the terminator sense of the phrase...). It is a spiritual consideration, instead.
I am going on a pilgrimage, on a sacred journey with the Lord and a few (hundred thousand) of his closest friends. The technological culture, for all of its benefits and obvious goods, places us in a certain mode of analysis, distance, filtering of life so as to put our spin, our presentation on it. To blog while on pilgrimage would be, in my opinion, to put several layers of insulation between me and the Lord's journeying with me these next two weeks.
Pilgrims don't blog. Or at least, this pilgrim doesn't! So, this is my last post for awhile (a great sigh of relief goes up from the peanut gallery). I assure you of my prayers for you at the holy places and in the crush of bodies and souls in the crowds of Madrid. And, yes, I will blog all about it when I get back at the end of the month. Talk to you then!