About to make a major life choice? WYD is for you
For fun, for friendship, or faith, lots of young people join the World Youth Day (WYD) for a million reasons. But if you’re currently thinking a lot about your life and want to get guidance for a big decision, the largest Catholic youth event is definitely for you.
“A huge part of why I decided to push through this year is because I am going through a crossroad in life and hopefully, experiencing Jesus in a different way would shed more light on the direction of my discernment,” shared Triccia Sucgang, who is also a first-time attendee of the international meeting.
The youth minister who serves in her vicariate’s Youth Commission believes the WYD could be an avenue for the immense guidance and wisdom she needs in making a particularly important decision.
Aside from her personal motivation, Triccia said the WYD is also a chance for her to pray for her family and relatives.
Despite the sacrifices that the trip requires her, the 33-year old remains brimming with excitement to go. “I am looking most forward to meeting Jesus and experiencing God’s amazing presence in the thousands of youth who will gather and celebrate with us, in the new culture I will immerse in, in the programs and activities we will take part in, basically meeting and basking in God’s love in the whole WYD experience!”
As a first-time WYD pilgrim, Triccia has already been spiritually preparing herself for the week-long celebration of the Catholic faith. “Together with my co-delegates from the Diocese of Parañaque, we have been preparing spiritually and logistically as a team, through regular formation and meetings.”
Meetings, hiking, and more
“I have also been praying a lot for the WYD and all the pilgrims who will be taking part in it, that our hearts and minds will be ready and open to receive what God wants to share with us through the WYD.” Aside from the usual preps, Triccia revealed that going hiking is helping her get physically fit for the pilgrimage that will definitely require hours of walking, singing, queuing, jumping, and standing.
Along with other pilgrims, they’ve only began to meditate on the true meaning of the WYD 2016’s theme, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” For Triccia, God’s mercy is revealed to her “through the presence of her family and relatives.”
According to the Singles for Family and Life member, this made her realize how God is opening her heart to commit more time and service to her family, in the same way she serves Him with passion as a youth minister. (Gen Sagcal)