World Youth Day USA Guides International Pilgrimage Leaders Guide - Page 19

another. Now the leaders are called also to do wash the feet of our brethren, as Jesus did.”17 the same for a younger person, inviting them Most young people want to be of service to to take on the mantle of leadership. others, but often do not know how. The pilgrim leader can assist youth and young The lifelong pilgrim lives the encounter with adults in reflecting on what ways they can be Jesus Christ in daily life. Gathering stateside of service to the Church and to those in need and international pilgrims after World Youth in the world, particularly the poor and by Day can help all young people share and providing opportunities or pointing to integrate their experiences and, ultimately, opportunities to serve. This is our way of build upon them. For example, many World showing the love of Christ to the world. The Youth Day pilgrims are also discerning their leader can witness to the fact that “to love vocation in life. The leader assists in this means to serve and service increases love.”18 discernment process by not only witnessing to one’s own vocation in life, but by also Sending Forth encouraging pilgrims to consider the vocation The World Youth Day gathering, whether it of marriage, consecrated life, or priesthood. occurs overseas or in various places On a practical note, it might involve good throughout the United States, will ultimately conversations during the journey and hosting come to an end. Therefore, the leader needs a gathered session in the weeks or months to send forth those who gather, but not simply following World Youth Day that helps youth by dispersing participants at the end of the and young adults explore the notions of gathering. People have changed during the vocation and discernment. time of pilgrimage due to the various encounters and the accompaniment, even if Living the encounter with Jesus Christ also they do not fully perceive or understand it. means being of service, which evangelizes others. Pope Francis teaches that Similar to the dismissal at every Mass, World “evangelizing means bearing personal witness Youth Day pilgrims need to “go, glorifying to the love of God, it is overcoming our the Lord” by their lives.19 As Pope Francis selfishness, it is serving by bending down to confidently told millions of pilgrims as they 17 18 Pope Benedict XVI, “Meeting with Volunteers of the XXVI World Youth Day, August 21, 2011. Homily for Closing Mass on the Occasion of the XXVIII World Youth Day, Rio de Janeiro, July 28, 2013, 3. 19 17 Roman Missal, Dismissal.