Walang ibang buhay, kundi kay Kristo. Walang ibang dahilan, kundi si Kristo lamang.
Anchored from the verse Deuteronomy 30:19; the annual World Youth Congress (WYC) happened last April 13-15, 2012 at the Our Lady of La Sallette University, Santiago, Isabela. The WYC is an annual gathering of CFC YFL leaders; and for 2012, around 6,000 attended the said event.
The World Youth Congress started with a celebration of the Mass presided by the Bishop of the Diocese of Ilagan, His Excellency, Joseph A. Nacua, OFM. There were three main sessions in the Congress: Meet Christ given by kuya Jepoy Meneses, which was capped with the exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Live Christ given by kuya Cocoi Javier, with a renewal of community covenants; and Share Christ given by Rev. Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB in his homily within the Holy Eucharist. And an on-going-whole-day reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation happened on the Saturday of the WYC.
A separate Brothers and Sisters Forum were also held at the morning of the second day. It talks about love and life and experiencing them at the full – real freedom, total happiness, and true love. After the forums, sessions were held for both campus (college) and high school students, were they were empowered to be excellent students by starting and strengthening YFL clubs and/or organizations.
Different workshops were also given to equip and empower the community’s young servant-leaders. The workshops were (1) Believe, Cool Catholic’s The Summit, which is about the Mass; (2) Life direction, a discernment workshop; (3) Live to excel, on study habits and time management; (4) Live loud, on public speaking; (5) Simple living, an appreciation workshop on our Work With the Poor Ministry; (6) Meant to live, how to present the Live Pure Movement®; (7) Defend life, understanding the Reproductive Health bill; (8) Live chaste, on how to give a chastity talk; (9) Live GIG, about financial stewardship; (10) Live your passion, a 1:7 workshop – on media, creative, and talents; and (11), Living Word, how to conduct Liturgical Bible Study; they were all given during the afternoon of the second day.
All the sessions and workshops direct us on living life to the fullest in fullness with Christ, and that life’s greatest regret is to miss living that point.The 6,000 youths left Santiago, Isabela looking forward for WYC 2013 in Lucena, Quezon; but above that, they are more than ready to hold onto a life full of hope in Jesus, for there is no other way to live life than to live in Christ.