Kaleigh – Boston, Massachusetts

I’m 20. This is my first time in Medjugorje. I’m with a group of about 50. I came with two parishes. We’re here for ten days.

Medjugorje is almost famous in my hometown because a man who was from my town came here and he was healed of terminal cancer. I grew up knowing what Medjugorje was. When I was a kid we would go to Rosary every week with his wife. I’ve known so many people who have come here, and they described it as a magical place. 

I came here thinking something crazy was going to happen, but I found the Holy Spirit and found my graces in much smaller moments than something big like a healing. 

Going to that first day of the Youth Festival and seeing all of the flags was just incredible. Everyone from around the world. It’s so cool to see all of these people, especially young people, because I feel like it’s harder for young people to be out there with their faith. They’re here to show off and not care about anything other than to be here with the Lord and with each other.

Especially with how the world is today, it’s so cool to see so many people coming together and standing hand-in-hand and praying together and being together. Hearing the Our Father in all of the languages is one of the most amazing things I’ve heard in my life.

My biggest moment was at Adoration on the second night of the Youth Festival. I broke down in tears. I missed having God so present in my life at home with all the distractions, being at college. In that moment, I was surrounded by thousands of people, and I really felt like it was just me and the Lord. 

My hope is that I’m going to take home this renewed faith that I have since being here. The way that I pray here, and the way that I feel God’s presence in my life, I hope that I take that back with me.

Medjugorje really is everything that people have described it as. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. You can definitely feel the Holy Spirit in this place, even if it’s not in these bigger moments, there are little things about this place that make it what it is. I think that everyone can find their little corner here, their favorite thing, for some people it might be Apparition Hill, for other people it might be going to the Adoration Chapel. If you find what makes you peaceful, your little corner of happiness, you’re going to have the best time.