Get together of young people in Mérida, Badajoz (Spain), December 13, 2014.
On Saturday, December 13, the day began early at the Servant Sister's house in Móstoles. After a quick breakfast, before eight in the morning, three sisters and four girls headed out in a van towards Mérida, on Route A-5 in the Spanish province of Badajoz. A few weeks before we had received a phone call from Father Juan Cascos who introduced himself as the parish priest of St. John the Baptist and dean of the Cathedral of Mérida, and had a very specific request: to go to Mérida to lead a get together for the youth in their confirmation class. The truth is that one of the most beautiful things of this day was meeting this man who, at 62 years old, continues to work with the same enthusiasm as the day when he was ordained as a priest, but with greater commitment, because the love for Jesus Christ and for souls has grown in his daily offering.
How did Fr. Juan get to know us? From the TV! Yes, yes, it is not a joke, from the television. A few years ago on the EWTN television network he discovered a program called 'Goodnight, Teo', and loved it, especially because, with a simple and friendly language, he found a doctrine very faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. After investigating who was the priest that every night talked with this puppet friend called Teo, which looked like an orange ostrich, he learned that it was Father Rafael Alonso, founder of the Home of the Mother. Since then he has been following us through the web page. And he liked what he saw, so much so that he decided to call us.
After travelling three hours, we arrived in Mérida. It was a gray and rainy day, but that didn’t matter. Thirty or so young people, ages 14 to 17, were curious and expectant, but had a great disposition. You could clearly see the silent and hidden work, day after day, that Fr. Juan had done with them. We loved the catechism teachers, who helped out all throughout the day spent together. We started the get-together by singing to break the ice and get to know each other a little. We then saw a very good conversion testimony which gave us a lot to talk about. After lunch we had time for prayer, confessions and mass. And we ended with a game that was a blast. The truth is that it was a very intense day, a day of sowing seeds which we entrusted to the hands of our Mother, the Virgin Mary.
- By Hna. Beatriz, SHM