“The Church is alive and the Church is young…”
by Andrew Devereux | Source:
The hour hand finally struck 9 o'clock in the evening and Scott packed up his desk and left his office downtown Sydney. He was hoping to catch a cab and head home to cook dinner, enjoy a glass of red wine and watch a rugby match on television. The evening, however, was about to take a slight turn of events - he read an incoming text on his cell phone coming down in the elevator. "Prayer vigil tonight outside Channel 10 TV station in reparation for the new TV series titled Californication".

His heavy eyelids tried to convince him that putting his feet up in his snug little apartment would be much better than standing outside in the cold that evening, thumbing his rosary beads and getting burning wax all over his fingers with a votive candle.

As he nodded his head at the security guard on his way out, he was confronted with an advertisement of Californication - the new hit show that has been primetime viewing in Australia. His blood started to boil when he thought of all the moral harm that this show would be doing to those who sat down to watched it. So instead of heading south of the city he directed his cab driver to the suburb of Pyrmont just west of the harbour bridge to storm Heaven for the necessary graces to end transmission of the show into homes in Australia and abroad.

Andrew thought a it might be just an older crowd present outside the TV station but the sight pleasantly suprised him: fifty people, mostly young, donned in World Youth Jackets on a brisk spring evening, clutched their rosary beads and hymn sheets with their faces glowing from the candle light, gave simple witness to the truth – that Catholics would not react passively to the barage of attacks on their faith and the morals that give direction, meaning and purpose to their lives.

Catholic Sydney-siders continue preparing themselves in prayer and action to live their faith out at World Youth Day next July in Sydney and beyond.

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