By Father Joel de Los Reyes
Divine Mercy Moments
BURGOS, SPAIN: On July 4, 2017, we had morning Mass in the Fatima sanctuary chapel, then departed for Burgos, Spain by bus, enjoying the beautiful Spanish countryside landscapes blooming in green, gold, brown and yellow. Blue Spanish skies exuded a delightful summer.
We had a whole day tour of Burgos, visited Santa Agueda Church, had an outside view of Casa del Coron, the Cartuja de Miraflores Monastery, the majestic Gothic Cathedral and had Mass at St. Henry’s Chapel. What’s notably important of this city for us from Guam is the fact that Burgos is the birthplace of Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, a missionary Jesuit to the Marianas, martyred in Guam along with Pedro Calungsod, now a saint. Visiting Burgos accorded us a sense of spiritual and historical journey connected with Blessed Diego.
LOURDES, FRANCE: We arrived in Lourdes late Thursday afternoon, July 6, 2017, and billeted at the beautiful La Solitude Hotel right in the city and close to the Rosary sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. European summer solstice extends longer daylight time with bright sky above even at 9:00 p.m.
After settling ourselves, we proceeded to the Rosary oval and joined thousands of pilgrims from all over the world for the nightly Rosary procession. We carried our Divine Mercy banner and Guam flag. Lou Salas led some of our members to join the small groups from different nations gathered in front of the Basilica to take turns praying the rosary decades and sing Marian songs in each particular language. It evokes a sense of pride and joy in our hearts to hear some parts of the Rosary recited in Chamorro and the “Abe Nanan Yu’os” audibly sung during candle-light procession.
We had Masses in the side chapels of the Basilica, prayed the Holy Rosary in the Grotto after the procession, drank and collected water, did the Stations of the Cross on the hills above the Grotto and bathed in the waters of Lourdes. It was a joyful experience of renewed faith in the Lord and devotion to our Blessed Virgin Mary.
What’s notably important of this city for us from Guam is the fact that Burgos is the birthplace of Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, a missionary Jesuit to the Marianas, martyred in Guam along with Pedro Calungsod, now a saint. Visiting Burgos accorded us a sense of spiritual and historical journey connected with Blessed Diego.
We had a wonderful time shopping for religious articles and souvenirs in the endless rows of stores and shops, enjoyed sumptuous food in our hotel and restaurants around, and meeting different kinds of pilgrims from around the world is a very rich social experience.
On February 11, 1858, Bernadette Soubirous saw a lady at the grotto of Massabielle dressed in white, with a golden rosary and blue belt fastened around her waist and two golden roses at her feet. In subsequent visitation, she heard the lady speak to her saying; “Que Era Soy Immaculada Councepciou” (I am the Immaculate Conception). On January 18, Pope Pius IX authorized the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes.
On the flip side, someone said that people are more what they hide inside than what they say. Take time to be someone’s rainbow on their cloudy day. Where there is love, there is life. Whatever’s good for your soul, do that. Every evening, I turn my worries over to God. He’s up all night anyway. I heard someone say that miracles happen when you replace tears by Prayer and anxiety by Faith. Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that it’ll be yours. Amen on that folks!
Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for peace in the world. In her Diary no. 548, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words; “If your trust is great, my generosity is without limit.”