World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro was indeed a life changing event. No words can describe how I am grateful to God that I was able to go to Rio de Janeiro for my second World Youth Day. God was such a faithful God that when He planted the desire in my heart to go to Rio for WYD He did not stop in giving me reasons why I have to go. It’s enough reason to know that God loves me so much that he wanted me to experience His unfailing love in a different level. God used this event to relay wonderful messages of His love. There were many messages God told me in my 19 days of stay in Brazil but this message was the highlight of my WYD experience.
I had a very memorable confession during the WYD. The Sacrament of Confession was a very vital activity in every WYD celebration. It was the 2nd day of the catechesis. I was manning the confession area. Then there was no pilgrim who wanted to hear confession. I grab the opportunity to hear confession and that moment God talked to me clearly. I heard God speaking to me personally during that instance. God told me to “keep on going”. When I heard God’s message I was reminded of all the crucial events that happened in my life this year. February of this year my Father died suddenly. We were shocked by what had happen. I was completely stunned by the loss of my Father. Human as I am I asked God the word ‘WHY?”. He did not answer directly my question but He gave me assurance that everything will be good. I responded with much faith that God is up for something good.
May of this year another situation happened in my family. We were in the process of regaining our strength as a family after the sudden loss of my Father when my younger brother was diagnosed to have diabetes. The concern did not end there; He was confined in the hospital for a week due to loss of potassium in his body. It was because of complication of his sickness. I was in complete confusion. God told me during the death of my Father that everything will be okay, that I need to put my faith on His plans. During these trying times he again told me to put my trust in Him. He again assured me that everything will be good. I listened to Him even if it’s hard.
The phrase “keep on going” was the exact message I want to hear from God during the WYD. This was the message that will encourage me to continue in my life. This message helped me to understand that everything that happened and will happen is part of the beautiful plan of God.
God told me not to stop. He told me to continue in the journey of life. Hardships will come but He assured me that in every trying situation He will always be present to accompany me and my family. I have to continue reaching for heaven. I have to continue experiencing God’s love. I have to continue loving God with all my heart and mind.
I will forever be grateful to the Lord for the opportunity of going to the World Youth Day. I will forever treasure all the learning’s and realizations I had in all my experiences. I thank the Lord for sending people to help me go to this kind of event. Thank you Lord for being part of CFC FFL, because of this community I experienced Jesus in a deeper way.
Shared by Kuya Rj Moriones, Fulltime Pastoral Worker
South Luzon Regional Coordinator, Philippine Mission Head