Today was an onslaught of awesome speakers and growth opportunities. Fueling up on the cocoa puffs once more, we left the hotel and headed for the tram for the day's events at the Tauron Arena, dubbed the Mercy Centre from WYD for the week! Today was for all English speaking countries present to go and learn of faith abroad, learn different perspectives, have mass, and more- we also had Marcin, our hired fixer, take the film crew around Krakow today to film the historical sites visited by JPII In his lifetime as the crew wasn't with us two days ago when we visited his hometown of Wadowice. They've said they got numerous shots for the theatre company!
We walked into the stadium and it's HUUUUGE. Seats 18K people. The first half of the morning was focused on relationships and vocations, finding peace in God first, and then discerning from there. The initial presenter was a super cool nun addressing vocations, and she was awesome, cracking jokes about typical high school and college stereotypes and still hitting home on the points. Next came the rock stars, Jason and Crystalina Evert with their talks on chastity, freeing the mind of unhealthy habits such as pornography, dating fixer uppers, and the party life- all of the emptiness of the world that we try to consume to fill a void that only God can do. For those of you who aren't familiar with them, they're a pretty big deal power couple- they have 7 kids, have written numerous books, and are fantastic speakers, Jason addressing the male audience, and Crystalina the women. The session culminated in mass led by the cardinal of Boston- the guy had an excellent homily, and related to rising to the occasion for our faith and supporting our fellow Christians being persecuted in the middle east.