It has always been a dream for me to go to a World Youth Day, ever since my sister went home from her WYD experience in 1995. The joy and experiences she had brought in our home that time, planted a desire in my heart that someday, in God’s perfect timing, I will also attend a WYD.
That is why, it was really a dream and prayer came true when we were given the opportunity to go to WYD 2011! I thank the Lord for His bountiful grace that we were able to attend the WYD 2011. It is through the generous hearts of family and friends that I was able to fly to Madrid and experience the Lord BIG TIME – through the culture, the language, the different people I met who had the same passion and love for the Church – yes, God allowed me to see and feel Him through all of these. My whole life has been extra blessed ever since! I fell more in love with the Lord and the Catholic Church; I was able to deepen my old relationships and built new ones; and my passion to serve the Lord and tell others about Him increased even more! There, I was able to pray for the people who needed God in their lives and also received answer to some of my prayers; the Lord spoke to me of His plans and promises for me and my loved ones; and allowed me to dream more, pray more and be more for Him!
This July, I am claiming to go again to WYD 2013 in Brazil! I look forward in attending this WYD because as Catholics, we are celebrating the Year of Faith and we’re going to welcome our new Holy Father – Pope Francis! A very holy experience indeed! And aside from that, I will also go there for three reasons:
- As a PILGRIM – to increase my faith; to pray and experience God through the different people I am going to meet; and to know His plans for my personal and missionary life
- As a MISSIONARY – to share my faith journey; to be equipped in facing the culture of death eating our generation today; and to share our community’s charism to my co-pilgrims
- As a VOLUNTEER – it is a great blessing to be chosen as part of this WYD’s volunteer group. This is my way to thank the Lord for His goodness in my life and the people I love by serving the Church and His beloved people; and hopefully, have an audience with the Pope.
At this very moment, I still do not have enough money for my plane fare, but I know it will come… on time. I know that my loving Father God who did wonders for me in Madrid will do MORE wonders for me in Brazil! More than me being blessed by the Lord, I pray that through the experiences I will have in WYD 2013, may I become God’s blessing and messenger of love to the people who needs Him most. I hold on to His promise. Faith works wonders! 🙂
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