Sister Géraldine Escalante from Honduras shares with us her joy at participating in World Youth Day as a Daughter of Jesus of Kermaría. It was a real chance, a gift from God, to be able to participate in this meeting of the young Church, held from the 22nd to the 27th January 2019 in the city of Panama.
God manifests Himself in goodness
Thank you for the concern, support and generosity of Bishop José Antonio Canales, of the Diocese of Danlí Honduras. He gave us the opportunity as coordinators of youth ministry, to participate in what will undoubtedly be a unique experience in our lifetimes. Monsignor took many steps to obtain the necessary funding so that so many could live this expérience, even if others again could not participate because of a lack of resources. We now have a mission to transmit what we have received from World Youth Day. The words of Pope Francis resonated strongly with us : “Struggle to seek the paths of insertion and transformation and the Lord will bless, support and accompany this effort“.
Preparing ourselves to live this experience of God
World Youth Day started before we arrived in Panama. In each our dioceses we had been summoned to receive catechesis and to learn a little about the history of the World Youth Days. We learnt how to enrol for it, we prayed together and above all we focused on how we could prepare ourselves to live out this adventure of different cultures, races, languages etc. Although the bus journey of 878 km from Honduras to Panama was very tiring, it did not diminish our joy, our happiness, and our hope of being able to see Pope Francis up close. We journeyed under the protection of our Mother Mary and took our motivation from her words : “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your Word.” (Luke 1,38)
“Young people, you are the ‘Now’ of God”
Hearts burned as we listened to thousands of young people cry out : “We are the Pope’s young people, we are the Pope’s young people, we are the Pope’s young people!!!” As a guide and as a Daughter of Jesus, I witnessed God’s passage through the tenderness with which Pope Francis transmitted his message to young people from all over the world.
It was an experience so full of happiness that it seemed like a dream from which you do not want to wake up. The young people would have liked to stay there, but at the same time, they knew that the Pope was sending them out to pass on all that they had received for the good of a suffering humanity : “The blessing is not the conclusion of a journey, it is a sending out to proclaim life and hope“.
Then, the moment of sending out arrived : “Go tell the story! Go and give your testimony! Go and say what you have seen and heard! And do not do it with lots of words, but with the simple gestures you have used here … everyday gestures … gestures that transform and make all things new … gestures capable of creating a revolution, a constructive revolution, a revolution of love “.
Many thanks to the Church, to the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus of Kermaría, to my country of Honduras, to the volunteers and families in our sister country, Panama, who welcomed us with so much love.
Sister Geraldina Escalante Gómez dj