Celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in Playa Prieta (Ecuador), on May 29, 2016.
On Sunday May 29, 2016, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Jesus also wanted to go about, bless, and console the small town of Playa Prieta (Manabí, Ecuador). We began our procession at 3:30 in the afternoon with the usual weather in the area. It started at the Grotto of San Gabriel and we continued towards our school.
The people of the town had prepared seven small altars in different houses. Everything was very simple, but done with so much love for the Blessed Sacrament. As we walked, we went singing and praying prayers of petition, of praise, of thanksgiving… There was an amazing atmosphere of recollection and prayer. It was not necessary to remind the people to maintain a spirit of silence and prayer because the environment was perfect to be able to spend time with Jesus. How you could see them gaze at Jesus and adore Him! Tears even came to our eyes at the sight of the profound faith of these simple people, even in the midst of suffering. If I could describe with words their attitude before the Lord, it would be something like this: “Jesus, we know that You love us in spite of everything that has happened. You haven’t abandoned us, You are with us, and we love You and believe in You. Remain with us.”
Javier Pincay, one of our neighbors was among the faithful who assisted with great devotion. He lost eight members of his family in the earthquake, among who were his wife and nine-year-old daughter. He gazed at Jesus with a special tenderness, asking for strength to continue on. A few days ago he told us that now, after everything that has happened, his goal in life is to “return to the Father and be happy.”
It was a very emotional moment when we sang two of the songs that Sr. Clare had taught the people from the town. This was especially true for Elvis, one of the school’s students and Sr. Clare’s faithful disciple, who intoned the songs.
The last altar was at the school. When we arrived, many people became emotional and tears began to roll down their cheeks. How beautiful it was! Jesus blessed us as well as the place where our Sisters gave their lives… Everything ended with the celebration of the Holy Mass in the school’s auditorium, which is one of the few buildings left standing.
I hope that the Lord was happy to be among us… We were happy to be with Him…