• February 26, 2015

The Greatest Show on Earth:
our Youth Group at the Barclay’s Center

L-R: Mario, Bruce, Junior, Fr Paul

By Julian Lagoy, Member of the St Maximilien Kolbe Fraternity

“Tigers, ele­phants and even dancing dogs were on dis­play at the Ringling Brothers Circus Xtreme the other night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Marionel, Bruce, Junior, Fr. Paul and I made it through the freezing winter cold to see this event. “It was soo awe­some!” said Marionel at the con­clu­sion of the show. He was really tense during the tiger act. “There were 10 tigers in a cage with the trainer and it looked like they were going to attack him at one point,” he said. According to Junior, his favorite part was the BMX bike tricks near the end of the show. “I was really impressed with their flips on the half-pipe,” he said. Bruce said the stage was so crowded at times that some stunts went unno­ticed. “There was a guy who swal­lowed a sword and no one even saw it,” he said. The small things are what made the show really good.

After the show, we all ate dinner at Shake Shack across the street. The circus was far better than we expected. For Marionel, who spends most of his time playing video games at home, it was great to see him so full of excite­ment and enthu­siasm for some­thing other than video games. It was nice to wit­ness Bruce and Junior’s atten­tion to detail and their appre­ci­a­tion of the per­formers’ hard work to make some­thing beau­tiful. It was great to see expres­sions of joy on each of their faces, espe­cially from the stunts that went unno­ticed. This taught me how to appre­ciate the small things in life which may go unno­ticed but are always seen and appre­ci­ated by God. It was def­i­nitely a mem­o­rable night we won’t forget.”

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