The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple is celebrated, in a ceremony both vivid and profound, at Our Lady of the Eagle Shrine each year.
Staying true to a local custom, parents and grandparents present their children and grandchildren, both newborns and those recently baptized, to their Patroness. The Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Seville gladly took the babies into their arms and lifted them up to Our Lady, praying: “Oh Most Holy Virgin, Our Lady of the Eagle, take this child under your protection and care. Amen.”
This past February 19th, third Sunday of the month, we had our usual get-together in Barcelona. It was the first to be held in 2012.
At 7 am, the community of Servant Sisters in Torrent (Valencia) got in the van and headed off for Barcelona. We were accompanied by two girls who live in the Student Residence of the Home of the Mother, located near our house: Mariam Samino and Sonia Benito. They came along to help out with the children’s activities.
The Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, responding to the invitation of Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza, founded their third house in Ecuador, this time in the city of Guayaquil on November 7, 2011.
Their ministry consists in working with the school "La Consolata", which has 1,400 students, located in Fortín, a very poor area of Guayaquil, overseeing the spiritual and religious formation of the students.
A group of girls from the Home of the Mother in Jacksonville, Florida told us:
On Saturday, February 11th, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a group of girls from the Home of the Mother and a couple of friends went to visit the Cenacolo Community of women in the city of St. Augustine. The “Comunitá Cenacolo” is a movement in the Church that Sister Elvira Petrozzi founded in Italy in July of 1983 to help young people addicted to drugs or who were simply disillusioned by the false promises of happiness that the world presents.
On Saturday, February 18th, a group of H.M. girls hosted a “BBQ with Benedict”. People began to arrive before dinner and we started out by playing some very lively games in the backyard as the hamburgers were being grilled. Then, as it was getting dark, we lit some tiki torches as we ate dinner, enjoyed good conversation, and continued with some crazy games!
In Seville, Spain – Acalá de Guadaíra to be exact – the Home of the Mother has been the host of a grand event ever since 2008.
Elena Cotán told us about her experience: ¨The Home of the Mother Women´s Group has formation meetings every week,where the Servant Sisters talk to us about the Home and the mission work they carry out in Ecuador. On one occasion, we were very suprised when they told us about the soup kitchens they run for children from this poverty-striken country.¨