The end of a conference like LA Congress tends to be bittersweet.
After three days (four if you include Youth Day) of talks, liturgies, meeting new people, buying trinkets and immense crowds, people are ready to go home and return to their daily routines. Yet there is also a tinge of sadness that lingers in the air as people get into their cars or venture to the airport: Congress attendees are sad to see an event that unites people come to an end.
People wonder: What now? How do we implement what we have learned? How do we heal our church?
"All I can offer you is a story about a guy living a faith-filled life -- he wasn't perfect, but he was a good man," said keynote speaker Mark Shriver, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir "A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver."
Shriver told different stories about his father, who created the Peace Corps and expanded Special Olympics around the globe; but he said what made his father a "good" man were the simple accounts of everyday kindness and love his father showed his children, wife, waitresses and random workers.