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Preparing for World Youth Day is as much a part of the pilgrimage of faith as the big event coming to Krakow in the summer of 2016. Pope Francis has encouraged WYD pilgrims to “prepare well, prepare spiritually above all – in your communities, so that our gathering 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 - and we will continue to add more as we get closer to WYD 2016. Even if you are not able to travel to Krakow, 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.
Recommended: World Youth Day: Inspiring Generations
Great new book out of Great Britain on the impact of WYDs
Recommended: A Companion Resource for Youth and Young Adults
Guidebook for young people to prepare for their life's mission
WYD Pilgrims: Take the St. Francis Pledge
Five ways you can support creation and the poor
(following Pope Francis' namesake's lead)
Catholic Collegiate Toolkit for Environmental Sustainabilty
Resource guide for those taking collegiate groups to WYD
In preparation for the spiritual journey to the most recent World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Father Joseph Anísio
Schwirkowski gathered a series of readings for Lectio Divina written especially for young people. Lectio Divina is prayerful reading of/and reflection on Scripture aimed to prepare the heart of the disciple for encounters with God. This exercise focuses on Jesus' command to the Apostles and to us: "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 seven readings for Lectio Divina available below to download. Even though WYD in Rio has passed and we wait in great anticipation for WYD 2016 in Krakow, the message of Matthew 28:19 resonates with every World Youth Day, as all pilgrims are called to missionary discipleship in preparation for this event, regardless of the year or host country. Therefore, we encourage you to revisit these exercises in your preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow and any other pilgrimages of faith you may take.
Theme 1: The Master Who Loves You
Theme 2: The Master Who Calls You
Theme 3: The Master Who Sets You Free
Theme 4: The Master Transfigured
Theme 5: The Master Who Prays
Theme 6: The Master Who Accompanies You
Theme 7: The Master Who Sends You
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