The community of Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Rome, accompanied by a small group of university students, started the Advent season, in union with the Universal Church, with the celebration of Vespers (or Evening Prayer) for the First Sunday of Advent presided by Pope Benedict XVI, in St. Peter’s Basilica, on November 27. The evening of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was also a Pro-Life Vigil for unborn children. The vigil was promoted on an international level and was observed on this same night in parishes throughout the world, once again manifesting the singular beauty of the universal attribute of the Catholic Church!
The Sisters here in Fabero have started working with the young people preparing to make their Confirmation in the town of Toreno, about half an hour from Fabero. For a little over a month now, we have been giving catechism classes to a total of 40 boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 14. Last Saturday, November 27, we had our first retreat activity there.
On Saturday, November 6, the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother and a group from Fabero were able to accompany the Holy Father on his visit to Santiago de Compostela. The Sisters, along with 3 young people (Laura, Ester, and Marcos) and an adult (Maria Luz), went along with the diocesan pilgrimage that had been organized by the Youth Ministry Department of the Diocese of Astorga.
Saturday, the 30th of October: A group of boys and Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother met up for a weekend retreat. The day began with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. We left Urroz, a small town close to Pamplona, to go to Torreciudad, where we visited the shrine built in honor of the miraculous cure of St. Josemaria Escriva when he was very young. After admiring the beautiful sanctuary and praying before the Blessed Sacrament, we ate sandwiches beneath the shade of some pine trees.
At four o´clock, we arrived at Barbastro. There we listened to the story of the seminarian martyrs, killed during the civil war for professing their Catholic faith. Their joy and love of Jesus Christ impressed us all. The martyrs left their testimonies on things as varied as handkerchiefs and chocolate wrappers… whatever they had available. Before their transparent caskets, looking at their bones, we prayed that Our Lord might strengthen our faith. Just above their caskets, we participated in the holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Juan, using a chalice used by the martyrs. During Communion, we sang ´´Blood of Christ, inebriate me…`` that the Lord might grant us the same mad love of the martyrs for Jesus.
On November 1, 2010, Feast of All Saints, some of the Servant Sisters and all of the Servant Brothers in Rome gladly accompanied our Founder, Fr. Rafael, traveling by car to Loreto, a town located about 3 hours north of Rome near the Adriatic Coast. It is home to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, which contains the brick foundations from Our Blessed Mother's house in Nazareth, brought to Italy by the Crusaders (or, according to legend, “angels”).