WYD was the crown jewel of my youth. At the age of 23, I left for Madrid as a young innocent person. It was there that I experienced what I had dreamed of as a child, when I had watched those crowds of young people congregated around the Master.
Pope Benedict’s teachings were full of profound wisdom, yet so close to the heart, that they were exactly what my spirit and life needed: sense, foundation, and heart.
I lived that WYD with unthinkable intensity, mainly because of what it meant to be able to be a part of it. As I come from a humble background, there was some sacrifice required for me to reach Madrid. However, it was that sacrifice was rewarded beyond any of my expectations.
I will be attending Panama with this same excitement. I will be a bit older, however I continue to have the same hope that the Master has great things in store. I wholeheartedly believe that God is great, and that WYD is proof of that.
Alvaro Torres, Chile