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The Vatican, Easter Sunday. A Mass that took hours that only seemed like 15 minutes, and that is coming from someone that did not attend Mass growing up. To be able to say what it was like to experience Easter Sunday at the Vatican is not possible because I feel there are not enough words to use to say how amazing it was. From the multiple languages used to the music played and just the energy and reverence from the crowd for what we all were experiencing was breathtaking. And when I thought that was the best part, at the end when I turned around and saw how many people were actually there, I was floored. For a quarter of a million people to have attended and for moments of silence to actually be silent was amazing. At that point I realized I was a part of something much bigger at that moment, it was not about me, nor the person next to me; it was about us, as a collective whole coming together celebrating Easter Sunday. I grew spiritually that day, I had at moment of realization; it i