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World Youth Day - Spiritual Preparation



Preparing for World Youth Day is as much a part of the pilgrimage of faith as the big event in Rio this summer.  Pope Francis has encouraged WYD pilgrims to “prepare well,  prepare spiritually above all – in your communities, so that our gathering in Rio may be a sign of faith for the whole world!”

So to prepare for this incredible pilgrimage, we have provided links to various resources, suggestions, and ideas on this page.  Even if you are not able to travel to Rio de Janeiro this July, you are still a pilgrim on the journey with us – and we encourage you to use these tools for your own encounter with Christ at home.

Inspirational & Useful Resources for spiritual preparation

Readings for Lectio Divina

In preparation for each pilgrim’s spiritual journey to World Youth Day 2013, Father Joseph Anísio Schwirkowski has gathered a series of readings for Lectio Divina written especially for young people. Lectio Divina are prayerful readings aimed to prepare the heart of the disciple for encounters with God. The purpose of these Lectio Divina is to exemplify the theme of WYD 2013, "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt. 28:19)

"Often, in a meeting, the most beautiful thing is preparation," Father Joseph says, "the event has a different taste when you prepare well. So we want to form the heart of the disciple with the Word. It is hearing the Word, sharing it and putting it into practice that will form discipleship.

"We have made each of the 7 readings for Lectio Divina available below to download for pilgrims in preparation for the months to come. Please also find below links to the World Youth Day 2013 Lectio Divina channel (called “Prepare”), as well as links to other USCCB prayerful resources.

: Orientation
: The Master Who Loves You
: The Master Who Calls You
: The Master Who Sets You Free
: The Master Transfigured
: The Master Who Prays
: The Master Who Accompanies You
: The Master Who Sends You

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