Last Wednesday, June 27th, the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother in Valencia, along with a friend, Juan Herrera, went on a trip with the altar servers of St. Dionysius and St. Pancratius Parish in order to celebrate the end of the school year.
We started at 9 in the morning, with a few minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Father José Javier spoke to us, emphasizing the importance of prayer, and he gave some advice on how to pray well, saying that prayer is like incense that rises up to God. He gave four tips on how to pray well: paying attention, humility, trust, and perseverance. These four tips were repeated throughout the day so that the boys would´t forget them. After the points of meditation, there was time for silence so that the boys could put this advice into practice.
When we finished praying we got into the cars, with uan Herrera as our guide. He took us to Sot de Chera, a little town lost in the mountains to the west of Valencia. There is a river that runs through the town, where we could swim and play. We went on a small hike and then returned back to the town. As soon as we arrived, we dove into the water. Right away we realized that we were not alone: he river was full of trout. The Servant Brothers challenged the boys: if they were able to catch a trout then they would get 50 points. (The altar servers have a point system when they help in the liturgy. The one who has the most points at the end of the year wins a prize.) The boys were excited to win 50 points, so they got together all types of sticks to try to fish for the 50 points. (They were not successful.)
When the boys got tired of swimming, we went to play soccer. By popular demand, we played a game of soccer with the older guys (Father Jose Javier, Father Dominic, Juan Herrera and Brother Joseph Valley) against the altar servers (Roman, Walter, Henoc, and Daniel). It was a very exciting match. The boys scored a goal, but the other team scored two. After the match, we went swimming again until lunchtime.
After lunch, Brother Joseph spoke to the altar servers about the importance of the Eucharist and Our Blessed Mother. He used the dream of St. John Bosco about “the two columns” as a reference.
The spiritual life has to be supported on these two columns: the Eucharist (the salvation of the souls) and our Blessed Mother (Help of Christians). The mass is the center of our life and the altar server must live it very intensely, knowing that Christ is present in the Eucharist. Our Lady is our example of how to live the mass well. When he finished the talk, the priests invited us for ice cream. Afterwards, the boys went swimming and fishing again.