PARAGUAY, by Mima Cardona – “Mass on 1 May at Tupãrenda” (8) •
On a Sunday like many God our Father gives us. On the first Sunday of May, it was very cold; there was a blue sky and a radiant sun, in which the warmth of love overcomes the cold morning.
We are already well-accustomed to Fr. Antonio’s homilies where he always highlights the love of God and our Mother and Queen who shelters us in her maternal heart, giving us the warmth of a home. This time he invites us to meditate on and experience Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), and love one another like He loves us.
May is a very important month for Paraguayans when we remember our nation’s independence and Mother’s Day. This is why we say “May: month of Mary and the Nation”.
This why I noticed and thought about what happened after the Mass at Tupãrenda. At the precise moment when the pilgrimage to the Shrine began and the flag bearer reached the front of the altar, the Paraguayan flag began to open and it extended itself completely. It was like a dove that spread its wings in flight; I interpreted this as a greeting from the Most Holy Trinity to Mary.
This is the “Nation of God, Heart of America”, where we experience the joy of love.