It was truly a pilgrimage of faith and pilgrimage of young people; when we are together like that we are bold to proclaim our faith on the streets, in the trains, in public places because of the Spirit that binds us. We were witnessing to each other, walking miles and miles in great numbers, greeting each other, knowing that we were all there for the Lord.
The adoration during the night vigil was beautiful. There was truly silence in the air. You just couldn’t help but be moved by emotions, and you could tell that the faith was so great it could move mountains then and there. There are no words to describe such holiness, such majestic presence at that moment: 400,000 youths on their knees in open adoration; the Lord was really present powerfully amongst us. During the vigil, I sensed the strong presence of Pope John Paul II looking down and smiling, and with Benedict XVI, it was like having a great outdoor camp with the two best friends.
Youth festivals and concerts were just the icing on the cake; the true value of the WYD lay in the Sacraments, in the teaching of the bishops, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist and the Sacrament of reconciliation.
WYD is a proof that the Catholic Church is one energetic and vibrant apostolic Church and that she is still relevant to young people. The Pope is still relevant. His messages and the Gospel are still relevant. The Sacraments are still relevant! The Spirit is moving and nudging the young people and they responded. Something tells me it won’t stop there; we carry it back to where we came from. The Holy Spirit will continue to work in the Church through the youths and through the WYDs. I pray, hope and believe that priestly and religious vocations, more goodness and holiness emerge from this, just wait and see J.
Blessed Sacrament Parish (Stampin)
See pp14-15 of the Today’s Catholic for more sharings from our local youths!