WYD: Preparing for WYD
"To anyone who has, more will be given..." - Jesus (Mt. 13:12)
As we prepare for World Youth Day, these words of Jesus reminds us of the importance of preparing spiritually and intellectually for this pilgrimage. It is a simple, but powerful equation: the more we prepare, the more we will receive from our experience in Italy and Poland. Here are 3 ways (other than packing and other logistics) that you can prepare for the pilgrimage of a lifetime. More resources will be added soon:
1. Prepare by knowing more about Divine Mercy
Pope Francis opened the Extraordinary Year of Mercy opens with these words: "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy." In Jesus, God and His mercy have been given a face and a name. Almost 100 years ago, Jesus spoke to a Polish nun and asked her to have an image of Himself painted that would reveal the mercy He has for the whole world. This Image of Divine Mercy, as many of us know it by, is essential for us to understand the unending mercy the Father has for each one of us. If you want to experience “the face of the Father’s mercy,” St. Anthony Youth Ministry invites you to a very special showing of The Original Image of Divine Mercy: The Untold Story of an Unknown Masterpiece starting May 15th. Showtimes are Sunday, May 15th at 7:30pm and Monday-Thursday at 10:00am and 7:00pm (Evening Showings in the Youth Room, Morning Showings in the Adult Meeting Room).
2. Prepare to receive God's Mercy in a greater way
Pope Francis has asked we place mercy at the center of our lives this year. This phenomenal book/do-it-yourself-retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitley is a great way to invite the mercy of Jesus to become a central part of our lives. It offers a daily reflection and prayer for 33 days that ends with a consecration to the Merciful Love of Jesus from the teaching of a Doctor of the Church - St. Therese of Lisieux. We will discuss this book at our June 13th meeting and you will be presented with the opportunity to do this retreat together with the rest of the WYD pilgrims.
3. Prepare by learning more about where we will travel on pilgrimage
City of Saints by George Weigel is an excellent perspective of the Krakow and the surrounding areas that we will spend a lot of time at through the eyes of Krakow's greatest saint - Saint John Paul II. Hint: Don't have enough time to read a book? You can listen to the audiobook :)