Posted On 2017-04-20 In Schoenstatt - Reaching out

It does me good to come here. It is a consolation in this sea of “brokenness and loneliness.”

PARAGUAY, Horacio Chavez •

On the first Friday of each month at Holy Mary of the Trinity Church in Tupãrenda, there is a Mass of Healing and Deliverance, where many faithful from different parts of the country come to encounter Jesus and the Holy Spirit seeking healing for their soul.

On one of the last Fridays, while I walked toward the church, a lady with her little grandson stopped me, and she commented that she had a strange happiness and joy for this child, who was visiting this holy place for the first time. At the same time, she continued to relate that she has a 30-year-old son who is immersed in the vice of drug addiction, and she does not know where to turn. She was desperate, and she asked me if this place had a rehabilitation center. When I responded no, she continued to say, “It is hard for me to bring him to the Shrine, he is resistant to this and this hurts me.” Upon bidding farewell and on the way to Mass and then the placing of the hands by the healing ministers, she gave me a message of gratitude: “To come here does me good, it is a consolation for me, in this sea of brokenness and loneliness.”

“Come to me, all you who are labored and burdened…” (Mt.11:28)

For many years, the Healing Ministry has dedicated itself to helping many people who come tired and afflicted seeking relief from Jesus, through prayer and the laying on of hands. It is beautiful to see that this ministry welcomes them and holds them.  It is a selfless service to those overwhelmed people who seek the consolation of the God of Life.

Photo: Johana Goodacre

Original: Spanish, 14 April 2017. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA

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