Preparing for the Genfest - Hungary


 

Through the accounts of Marti and Berci, two young Hungarians, we will discover how they are living concretely and in first person the preparation for the Genfest.
 
Marti:
“The morning starts early as we rush to work or to University. At the same time, we look for opportunities to build relationships with all those around us the whole day. 
What helps us a lot is a sentence from the Gospel which we try to live, commented on by Chiara Lubich, which is called the Word of Life. We live a different Word of Life each month. Both in Budapest and in Szeged, we meet every month to share our experiences, ideas and impressions with young people like us. We tell each other what the previous Word of Life  meant to us and how we were able to put it into practice in our daily lives. In our meetings, we usually break up into small groups to foster mutual understanding and to help those participating for the first time to feel at ease. In fact, one of our aims is to establish good relationships, among us and with other young people. In this way, we help each other in the preparation for the Genfest so that the young people coming from all over the world would feel at home here.”
 
Berci: 
“I recently had a very difficult university exam. It was an exam for the completion of the course. It was important in itself but it was also one of those fundamentals for my future career. For this, I felt that if I wouldn’t have passed that exam, I would really ask myself if I was going on the right path. I realized that the main obstacle was not so much the subject in itself, but my laziness. I received God’s help from the Gospel of Matthew: So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or 'What are we to wear?' All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.
I suddenly realized that I was worrying about the exam result just as the Gentiles scrambled for their daily bread. The thought that I could entrust to God even something so important, which could affect my entire academic career, has made me so happy that from that moment on I cared less about just studying well. I cared more about perfectly fulfilling the will of God, which at that time, meant for me to study better. Perhaps, because of this, I was able to face my studies freely and readily. Then, exam day arrived: it no longer posed a threat, but a pleasure, because I had built an entirely new relationship with God.” 


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