"I started feeling like it was my place to be in the Church. "
I first encountered the Emmanuel Community when my parents joined it almost two years ago. I didn’t pay much attention to it, until five months ago, when my friends invited me to participate in the Youth Forum in Częstochowa before the WYD 2016.
Although at first I found the Community’s way of praise a little bizarre, I was instantly captivated by the true joy and love that was in it. I knew very few people when I came to the preparatory session before the Forum, but not long after I came I was given service and I felt welcome. Nobody forced me to do anything, neither was anyone looking at me wondering who I was. The way everyone welcomed me made me feel at home.
After the WYD I started going to Emmanuel Youth weekly meetings in Warsaw, Community monthly missions and youth weekends. I was discovering the Community through talking to my friends, and through my own experience. I started feeling like it was my place to be in the Church.
The process of deciding that I wanted to be in the Community rather than a close friend of it started during the Advent retreat for students that we organized. It was a time of great outpouring of grace and Holy Spirit for me. For the following ten days, which seemed like an eternity, I’ve been thinking and praying. I finally made my decision about making the first step in the Emmanuel Community during the EEYM in Vienna. The feeling of community and love, and joy that came from adoration that I experienced there was incomparable. I am so happy that now I can call all the amazing people I met there my brothers and sisters!