The quotations are real. They have been taken, and translated into English, from feedback sent by young people who have made Sons and Daughters Encounter in Hungary during the past few years:

„Thanks for this weekend! Although I have been stirred up inside by this programme, and I am not experiencing deep peace (this is perhaps because I am not a great retreat-maker), it has enlightened me in many ways. It’s been an unbelievable experience! It would be great if lots and lots and lots of young people could experience this!”

„I got a couple of new friends and the group sharings were fantastic.”

„I liked best that the topics were introduced by young people. I loved that they shared their own lived experiences ie. how they acted or what they felt in certain situations in their lives.”

„My relationship with my parents has improved since then. It had not been too bad before either, but it was not frequent enough. Also, I can look at unknown people with greater love now.”

„The programme was a bit packed in the sense that time was too short to digest every topic.”

„I left for the Sons and Daughters Encounter expecting a miracle, something like all my difficulties would immediately vanish. Of course that was not what exactly happened, but I wasn’t discouraged. I got strength so the problems of my daily life cannot overcome me and I do not have such a gloomy outlook. The weekend was like a breath of fresh air in the midst of everyday life! And I think it is this breath which sustains me now. I often wish I could be there, in the wonderful peace I experienced at the Encounter. It has meant a lot to me that I was able to be there.”

„While sharing with others and listening to the talks of the team, I got more and more convinced that I cannot look at any moment or event of my life but with the eyes of God. Therefore the Encounter was a weekend I was able to spend „at God’s feet”. Now I feel my difficulties are not so tragic since then. I know it’s a lot more difficult for others. And it was during the Sons and Daughters Encounter that the Spirit inspired me that there may be kind of a mission or service for me, too. Something I could do in my parish if I got involved more closely. Perhaps I can do something to build the Church.”


"God created man and woman to give meaning, life and love to the universe. He created marriage "to His image and likeness", and God is not a circle. He is the spiraling foundation of Life and Love.

The quest for happiness in marriage demands that you expand your vision and perspective beyond your marital relationships. You are challenged by today's society to stop being a selfish and isolated married couple. And you are called by the Creator to depart from your conjugal and family love, and go towards the universal love.

You, as a married couple, have been born to become a loving spiral of love!"

Gabriel Calvo

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