Yesterday, as I entered a restaurant to have dinner, I stumbled on a Mexican young man that I met three years ago in WYD Rio. We recognized each other right away. That is one of the neat experiences of this event, to be able to see our WYD friends again and realize how faith unites us.
Today, we received reinforcements. A group of 18 legionary brothers arrived from Rome. They will be helping in three different activities (and also eating a lot of food). Some of them are part of the www.whynotpriest.com project. They will be promoting vocations in the streets of Krakow through music and soccer. Other brothers will be working at the Regnum Christi booth at the vocation fair. They will be working with RC consecrated and laity. Finally, there will be a group of brothers guiding pilgrims in an exhibit about the Holy Shroud.
Also, I got the chance to know a little more of Krakow. Cristina and Greg, a Regnum Christi couple from here, gave us a tour of some of the important places of the city. I am grateful to the RC group from Hong Kong, who let me join them in their tour. It was nice to see the appreciation that the Polish have for their own history and culture. They were able to keep their cultural roots alive despite many hardships.
I think that they were able to do so because of their deep and authentic faith. I think we’ll learn a lot from the Polish people during this WYD.