Yes, it was a wonderful two days, both in Hyde Park and Cofton Park. I have still to come down to earth. The sheer joy of all those present, the numbers of young people there, especially at Hyde Park, where the average age seemed to be 25-35, and of course international catholic pilgrims everywhere, who now make up such a vibrant, new and rich part of the church in our country.
The depth of the love for the Holy Father was palpable everywhere, the pride in being Catholics, the cheers and applause; but most poignantly of all, the silences. In Hyde Park, during Exposition, not a sound was to be heard amongst 80,000 pilgrims, with the giant television screens just showing the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance. The silence too at Cofton Park, as we waited for the Mass to begin, and as the rain stopped coming down.
The images of the Holy Father in Westminster Abbey and Westminster Hall, and the huge crowds on the Mall and elsewhere, were so moving.
I had suggested to non Catholics who had asked about the visit before it happened, to listen to what the Pope said, and to be prepared to be surprised. What an incredibly consistent, clear, uplifting and humbling message he had.
I read somewhere that the politicians are now wanting to capitatlise on the "Benedict Bounce!"
I shall never forget it.the visit for as long as I live. All our prayers were answered. Our cups are overflowing!