On the third morning of catechesis, the young people were invited to reflect on Mercy, rereading their lives, in a time of adoration, personal dialogue and reconciliation with God.
“Rise up” is the new catechesis model of World Youth Day (WYD). This year’s edition offered three meetings, organised in close collaboration with the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, on the mornings of 2, 3 and 4 August. The themes chosen were Integral Ecology, Social Friendship and, finally, Mercy.
These meetings of reflection and sharing took place in about 270 different spaces, in more than 30 languages. The parish of St Constable was one of these venues and hosted the Spanish-speaking meetings.
In this parish entrusted to the Salesians, the last “Rise Up” was organised by young people from the Diocese of Sacramento, California and the Diocese of Monterey, both on the American continent.
The personal reflection started with the Gospel of the healing of blind Bartimaeus (Mk 10:46-52) and a passage from the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.
Then a young couple shared their testimony about how Christ’s forgiveness and love rescued them from a meaningless life. After a moment of personal reflection, starting with the question “Who was the person who invited you to this encounter with Jesus?”, a moment of Eucharistic Adoration followed.
The morning ended with the celebration of the Eucharist presided by Bishop José Romero of the Diocese of El Tigre, Venezuela.