The Home of the Mother Youth of Jacksonville, Florida organized a walking pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine, as we do every Advent and Lent, the weekend of December 10-11. Since it was the weekend before the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, we also took as our theme the renewal of devotion to Our Lady in the United States.
On December 17th, the Home of the Mother welcomed two new deacons: Brother René Zambrana y José Luis Saavedra were ordained deacons by Bishop José María Yanguas, the Bishop of Cuenca, at the cathedral in the ¨enchanted city¨, as Cuenca, Spain is called. As the diaconal ordination rite says, the brothers committed themselves to a life of celibacy, constant prayer, and to be a minister of the altar until the end of their days. It was a foretaste of what they, as Servant Brothers and consecrated to God, will soon experience when they make their final vows this upcoming 8th of September.
The Servant Sisters in Lumezzane organized a ¨Winter Get-together¨ for girls aged 11-14 from December 28th-30th. 14 girls came in all. The theme of the get-together was ¨Created for Greatness¨, inspired by a saying from Pope Benedict XVI: ¨The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness. ¨
Fr. Felix and Fr. Henry, Servant Priests of the Home of the Mother, led a spiritual retreat in Canada on the weekend of December 2nd-4th. By the grace of God and thanks to the help of all the Home of the Mother members in Canada, we were able to finish building the H.M. Prayer Center here in Canada on time for the retreat. It was a dream come true.
John Paul II told missionaries in the encyclical Redemptoris missio: ¨The missionary experiences the consoling presence of Christ, who is with him at every moment of life...and who awaits him in the heart of every person. ¨. That is exactly what we experienced in this small and humble weeklong mission trip that we carried out in Macael (Almería, Spain).