I have struggled for years to try to capture the experience in words. It's difficult to express adequately the peace, grace, joy, and challenge that those four days in Denver have given me. I went to WYD eager to see my Rocky Mountains again. I never counted on seeing JPII, and honestly didn't really care. But seeing him changed it all.
I too, am a proud World Youth Day alumnus! My group and I were at first dissapointed over getting Welcoming Ceremony tickets instead of up close seating for Mass, but that all changed when we got to our seats right behind the Rockies dugout in Mile High and realized that we'd have a direct view of JPII as he went by.
What a experience!