The World Youth Festival in Međjugorje started on Tuesday, by an entrance procession after the daily rosary. Each country with their flag and a sign took part in the procession. According to the local parish priest, this time there were 61 countries represented at the Festival.
In addition to carrying the flag and sign, the people representating their countries were asked to say the theme of the Youth Festival - May your love grow more and more (Phil. 1:9) - in their own language. For Finland, this verse was said in both Finnish and Swedish.
After Mass, there was Adoration. The Lord is Great, He gives us marvelous healing and peace through the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The Language of Faith
The second day started with catechesis and testimonies. At the same time, the Church Square was full of priests listening confession. It's an indescribable experience, to see hundreds of priests hearing confession in different languages. This is the language of the Faith and the Love from God!!
It is easy to see how God works on us when we come together. There are many examples of vocations and inspirations stemming from Međjugorje, as told in the testimonies.
About the Author
Yiran, or Maria Micaela. Born in China as a Protestant Christian but baptised in Spain (2015), being the only Catholic in the family. I came to Turku as an Erasmus exchange student and I stayed for my MSc studies. I'm also a participant of the Youth Weekends at Stella Maris.
Cooking, running and photography are my hobbies.