My first WYD was in Kraków and my experience is deeply linked with that WYD’s motto that said “Blessed are the merciful, they will receive mercy.” There are two events that have struck me during that WYD.
The first one was before WYD. One afternoon we asked the family that was welcoming us in their home to join us in praying a Spanish-Polish rosary which seemed impossible. But the Lord reveals himself in the impossible. The family gladly accepted and through the Holy Spirit we succeed in offering a beautiful Rosary to our dear mother in Heaven, mama Mary.
The other event was also before WYD. One morning, a man who was drunk got on the metro. Without thinking, a friend who was beside me helped him to get on and helped him find a seat. At this moment, I saw Christ alive in the merciful action of my brother in Christ. It was this act that changed my life and my service. To be merciful like the Father is, like Pope Francis’ saying: “The World as no need for couch potatoes”, who are always looking for the comfort. Rather, it needs youth who are attentive, who serve, like our mother Mary who helped her cousin Elizabeth, like my friend who served without any conditions. “So by their fruits you will know them.”
Fernando Briceño, Panama