On Easter Sunday, we heard mass at St Mary's Cathedral. The WYD Cross was up in front near the altar. It's amazing that this cross has actually travelled across the globe so many times over, all in celebration of the Catholic Faith and that which unites Youth (and the once Youth) groups without discrimination from all over the world.
I remember my first (and only so far) World Youth Day in Manila in 1995. It was such a great experience. Well aside from not having classes for a few days to a week this was memorable since I actually participated in the activities. Back then I was active in my youth group and WYD was one of the events that I've led them. I was busy chasing the teenagers I was mentoring making sure they were all right, and attending the talks and all that. Imagine that was more than 10 years ago. I feel old. Were you at the WYD Tent city in Intramuros too?? Fun 'no?
Now that World Youth Day 08 will be held in Sydney, I don't think I will be able to participate. I was meant to volunteer though, together with my other friends, but we realised it required serious dedication and demanded a lot of our time. We couldn't do it coz we had fulltime jobs.
I will be in Sydney in July 08, and I'm sure I will witness thousands of youth from all over gather in the city. I would love to be part of this again, but for now I will have to appreciate just being in the city that will host this year's WYD. Where will you be this July?