ARGENTINA, Mario and Marinés Martínez •
Joyfully returning from the Family Missions, “beautiful experiences” perfectly describes what they felt during an unforgettable week. (And not just because of the suffocating heat).
After Mass, departing from La Loma Shrine on Tuesday, 19 January, they took the Blessed Mother and Jesus with them toward Hernandarias, an area with a population of 9,000.
The spiritual axis of the Missions was Mercy with the motto: “Together as a family, we build peace.”
Ten families were divided into two schools; in total, there were slightly more than 120 missionaries.
During the week, the very high temperatures were motivation for making abundant contributions to the capital of grace.
As always, the family spirit, joy, the richness of attachments and a profound atmosphere of prayer were the hallmark of life within the missionary community.
Lives forever changed: baptisms, a wedding, and anointing of the sick
Visits to homes, activities with children and youths, the procession to Mary, Star of the Sea, on the edge of the flooded Paraná River– the celebration of Mass, an event with the people, all were the opportunities for the Blessed Mother to reach many.
The mission ended with baptisms, a wedding, and a Mass for the Anointing of the Sick.
“We bring back a heart full of those through whom God showed us His merciful face. They opened their homes and their hearts; they left us their stories, their sorrows, their hugs… We shared and increased our faith in the encounter and community celebration.”
Original: Spanish. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited by: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA