This year the Church celebrated the 26th World Youth Day in Madrid. Many young people gathered together in Madrid to participate in this event.
But there are also many young people who wanted to participate but weren’t able to be there physically. Here in Jacksonville we gathered together to live this event, spiritually united to the youth and the Pope in Madrid. From Saturday, August 20 to Sunday the 21st, 11 girls and 4 Servant Sisters gathered together for the prayer Vigil and Mass with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
We began with an international dinner and while we ate, we handed out pieces of a puzzle. Each one had the name of one of the WYD´s patron saints. When we put them all together, it formed the Spanish flag with the WYD 2011 logo. Each girl read a short biography about the saint they that was on their puzzle piece. We were all impressed by the lives of the saints and their generosity. Each girl chose that saint as their protector saint for the year.
Later, we decorated t-shirts in memory of this historical weekend. Then we got ready to watch the prayer Vigil with the Holy Father. The Vigil ended around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday morning. We went to bed, but got up again a few hours later, around 3:30 a.m., in order to watch live online the Mass in Cuatro Vientos with the Holy Father.
Although we were thousands of miles away, we were happy to be able to participate, and in our hearts we lived it very close. It was amazing to see so many young people with so much love for the Pope and for the Church. The Mass ended at 6:00 a.m. and we went back to sleep for a little while. When we woke up, we couldn’t believe the WYD had ended. But although it had ended, there was much waiting ahead. The World Youth Days bear so many fruits of life.
We all went to Mass together, asking the Lord and Our Mother that the seeds planted in the souls of so many young people, and in our souls as well, grow and bear much fruit.
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