Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 9, 2002
Have a banana! you'll feel beter
Trying circumstances creat memorable experiences
By KEN SAWICKI
World Youth Day helped me rediscover just what the Lord means to me.
Then later we had the vigil where the pope spoke to us again and that was also very moving.
Several hours later the rains hit. The first time it rained, it just seemed to upset most of us because were all asleep at the time and everything was getting wet.
Then the first bout of rain quit but we all could tell that it was going to rain again so we all got prepared for it. It was so moving to see how everybody pulled together to help one another stay dry and keep warm. It was very neat to witness two of our leaders, Sarah Britto and Christine Prozniak, rushing around to everyone of us to make sure we were all keeping dry and were warm enough and that everyone was doing alright.
No matter how stressful or wet or cold they got, they still managed to keep a cool head and remain calm the whole time. They managed to keep the situation under control.
By about 10:30 just as the papal mass was beginning, the rain quit and several minutes later the sun reappeared and it became baking hot again.
Another thing that I found really special was that every afternoon at some point we would take some time out from the activities to have our own praise and worship time. That was cool because it helped keep the focus on God and the reason why we were all there.
I especially loved the one prayer time that we had one afternoon in a parking garage. It was in the parking garage where it was much quieter and I could really feel the presence of God among us. Even when one of our fellow pilgrims got a bad headache and we all got together and prayed over her, I could feel the Lord blessing us all. Not long after, her headache went away.
That time in the garage is one of the things I think I will probably remember more fondly about my time at World Youth Day even thought the garage seemed like a rather nutty place to worship at the time when we first entered it.
I am really glad that I went. It was very special spending time and worshipping with others, especially the guys and gals I went with. Everyone was very nice and caring and lots of fun.
World Youth Day helped me rediscover just what the Lord means to me and how important he is in my life. It also helped me to become stronger in my faith and to include God in my life more and just be more passionate about God's love.
I think seeing the pope again (I was also in Denver) and hearing him speak really helped to strengthen my love for God. All in all, I think the Lord strengthened everyone's heart in some way.
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