I can say that WYD 2013 started for me almost two years ago when on August 24 landed in Portugal after a life changing experience in Madrid.
Months later I was landing in Canada to work at Salt and Light and ready to start a new adventure looking forward to this event, which for once will speak my language!
World Youth Day, for me, is an important part of my life. In February 2011 I felt the call to be part of the organizing committee of WYD. Yet far from my mind was what I ended up finding: the direction for my life.
When the suggestion of coming to Rio for more or less 60 days appeared, I felt again God asking me to give him one more piece of my life. I landed in a different country where the only thing I had in common with the people was the mother tongue.
Here there is a different way of living, of communicating and above all a different way of understanding life. Brazil is a country where partying is important; where feeling good is the main goal. It was proof of that feeling when I saw the country rise up and fight for a better life with one objective: be a happier country.
Yes I was in Brazil when all the riots happened. I watched some of them from my window , but being here for so long made me understand the reasons why they were fighting to be happier.
This happiness you can see in every Brazilian is present in the Church also. To go to a mass here is to feel a Church who is alive and pulsing. A Church who is willing to give this life to all the pilgrims who will attend to WYD here in Rio.
But there is a cherry on the top of this delicious cake: in March the College of Cardinals elected a South American Pope: Pope Francis, originally from the border country, Argentina.
Pope Francis will give to this WYD a completely different flavour. He knows the pains and the needs of the young people from around the world, but above all from the youth of South America.
Everything is ready: the peace and the Holy Spirit are already falling in Rio de Janeiro. Chris t who stands on the top of Corcovado is ready to embrace much more than just the city of Rio. He is waiting for the entire world.