Last Feast, we learned about the Pope. I was only 8 years old when World Youth Day was held in the Philippines. I did memorize & learned “Tell The World of His Love”. I saw Pope John Paul II as he passed by in his cool Pope mobile. But that’s basically it. It was only now that I’m 32 yrs old that I really immersed myself with what World Youth Day was all about.
After visiting Holy Land, I registered for World Youth Day Panama. I wanted to learn more about my faith & my church. Meeting a lot of new friends has been an amazing part of the journey. Mostly because we’ve had a lot of struggles even before reaching our destination. And it didn’t stop when we reached Panama. We constantly reminded each other to be extra patient & kind and to always keep in mind the real purpose of why we joined the pilgrimage –to experience Jesus. Is this not what life is all about? We sometimes forget how to be good when we are pushed to the edge by our circumstances. We forget why we are here in this world in the first place, and that is to tell the world of His Love.
WYD also got me closer to the Pope. Not literally, but I got a sense of His importance in my walk towards Him. As I listen to Him, and as I see his effect on people, he reminded me so much of Jesus. He is so humble. He loves Mama Mary and is full of so much hope and love for humanity. When asked in Poland last WYD if he can make it to Panama, Pope Francis said he is not sure but he is certain that Peter will be there. I was reminded that Pope Francis is the descendant of Peter, the rock from which God builds his church. The church that is us.
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