From February 28th to March 3rd, we went on a pilgrimage to Barcelona and Valencia. All together we were five sisters and nine girls. We left from Arroyomolinos, Madrid, to go to Barcelona, very excited to start our pilgrimage. Our motto was: “We are the salt of the Earth!”
There were several hours of travel that allowed us to get to know each other because many of us were from different places and hadn’t met yet. When we arrived in Barcelona, we were welcomed by a community of religious, who were very generous to us. The sisters gave us some pointers to help us learn what a pilgrimage is, and then we went to bed.
The next day, we had breakfast and left for our first destination: Montserrat. As we got closer, we were all amazed by the beauty of the mountain and went up until we arrived at the Basilica and the monastery of Montserrat. We went into the Basilica to pray. As we were leaving, one of the Benedictine monks explained the history of the place. We saw the image of the Virgin, and when we got back we could hear the Salve being sung by the choir. After that, we sang some songs in the square and had lunch, enjoying the landscape.
We said goodbye to this beautiful place and left for Tibidabo, where the Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is. When we arrived, one of the Salesians welcomed us and explained the history of the construction of the Shrine. We were able to visit each part of the church, and go up to the image of the Heart of Jesus and pray a rosary under His protection. Being so high up, we could see all of Barcelona, and we entrusted to the Sacred Heart all the souls that were there. Then we went to Mass, and at home afterwards one of the sisters led a meeting with the theme “His wounds have healed us,” which is the motto of the centennial of the consecration of Spain to the Heart of Jesus.
The next day we went to Valencia, where the sisters there were waiting for us at the Monastery of la Trinidad with a delicious meal. That afternoon the girls were able to go to confession, which was a grace because some of them had not done so for some time. So, with clean souls, we went to the church where the Holy Grail is. There, they told us the history of this chalice that the Lord had used at the Last Supper. We also visited the Church of Our Lady of the Forsaken, patroness of Valencia, where we went to Mass and prayed at the image of Our Lady. We then went home for dinner, spending time with some girls from Valencia who know the sisters there. We sang songs and had a good time together.
The last day of the pilgrimage arrived, and we went to a town in Valencia called Silla, where there is a Eucharistic miracle from more than one hundred years ago. We were able to adore the Lord, pray, sing, and attend Mass—it was a grace-filled moment for everyone. There, one of the girls from the pilgrimage entered into the Home of the Mother of the Youth. On the way back home we stopped to eat and have a final meeting. We shared our experiences, and everyone was very happy and determined to advance in the spiritual life. Many girls had clearly undergone a change. We returned to Madrid to be the salt of the earth wherever we are.