Get-together in the Shrine of Montserrat, Barcelona (Spain) with the families of the Home of the Mother, October 28th, 2013.
On Sunday, October 28th, the sisters of the community of Torrent (Valencia) and the group of families of Barcelona, wanted to commend this year to the Blessed Virgin with a small pilgrimage and get-together in the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. There were about 40 of us in all, and the Lord was the one who planned the whole day, because nothing worked out as we had planned. My plans are not your plans. "My ways are not your ways". But in the end, who knows better than Him how we must spend the day?
We had planned to meet at 12 o'clock in the shrine to attend Mass together at 1 p.m. But it so happened that on this Sunday the shrine was crowded and it took us more than an hour just to go up the hill in the car. This also has its spiritual application. We must not lose our peace, our patience, nor our joy. God knows everything and that is enough.
Instead of arriving just before 12 o'clock, many arrived around 1:30. But everyone was happy to be together, knowing that we are in the hands of God. We could not complain. Another gift from the Lord was that the weather was great and the views beautiful. What more could we ask for? We all met outside to decide what to do since there were so many people in the sanctuary. The decision was to remain in Montserrat with Our Blessed Mother, which is the reason we had come. We looked for a place to eat and found some benches to put the sandwiches on, next to the playground where the kids were able to play and have a great time while the rest of us talked.
After lunch, we had a meeting with the adults and youth telling news about the Home. Adela, member of the Home of the Mother of the Youth, also gave us the good news that on November 1st she was to enter the Discalced Carmelites in Barcelona. Meanwhile, the kids learned about the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who had a great love for the Virgin of Montserrat, and who in this very shrine left behind his miltary life to give himself up as Our Lady's knight. Later they continued playing with some of the sisters.
Those of us who had not arrived in time for Mass in Montserrat said good-bye to the rest of the group and left after the meeting to go to Mass in Tibi Dabo, which apparently the Lord did not want either, because we did not arrive in time. At last, we ended up in the church of St. Gema Galgani in Barcelona. We were able to be there for some time in a peaceful area outside the church praying the rosary. We attended Mass and then said good-bye until the next encounter. We are all thankful to Our Blessed Mother for having welcomed us in her shrine, and for the day that we spent together. It is always a blessing to be able to visit a place where so many graces have been, are and will be given.
-Servant Sisters of Torrent, Valencia (Spain)