My experience goes back to 2008 in faraway Sydney, Australia.
For me, that was an experience of great worries that later became great joys.
We helped a 72-year-old woman who had lost her group. Thank God there were good people in my group who helped so that she didn't have so much grief. Later on, heading to the Way of the Cross, I lost my passport and wallet in a subway car. Thanks to an Australian boy I was able to recover what was lost.
I thought I had to do something for God because of how good He had been to me. Then, at the vigil in Randwick, the Holy Father asked this question to everyone present; “Young people, what are you doing with the gifts that God gave you?”
This question blew my mind. I knew I had to do something because I didn't want to be a lazy servant who, out of fear, wouldn't bear fruit and would return to God empty-handed. That is how I promised Him that I would take pilgrims to the next WYD in Madrid. Thanks to my friends, I have also taken or helped young people participate in Rio de Janeiro, Kraków, and now Panama.
It is wonderful to think and believe that God shares with us His gifts so that our existence will be happier.
Mario Palomera, Mexico