This Thursday we had mass here in Ahuano and it was scheduled for 7:00 PM, and come 7:00 no one was there. We have been struggling with having people come to mass for some time now, it is always a struggle to convince the people that they need to come to mass. Why they should, how they could benefit from the mass and the list goes on and on.
So one of the two priests here in Ahuano decided that we would say a rosary and offer the rosary for the people of Ahuano. It seemed like the biggest cliche on the Catholic earth to me at the time, but as we started to just pray the rosary i found myself just engrossed in the prayer itself, and really not just saying the words but praying the prayer.
A specific family who i have gotten particularly close with (a single mother of five daughters) came in and finished praying the rosary with us. No one else came in, we were not swarmed with people as if we had just witnessed a miracle, but afterwards i realized what i had witnessed.
I had witness the faith of not hundreds of people but of a simple family a mother and her daughters, and knowing that we may not have been many but we were united in that moment of prayer, and community. That moment really touched me how a rosary united us, a simple prayer with so much power. Our lady -the virgin Mary- is here to intercede for us and to help bring us closer to her son, why not use thatas often as we can? I asked myself and thought why do i not use this awesome simple prayer more often?
I am left with these unanswered questions but i am sure that i will be using this weapon more often in the future, growing closer to Jesus through Mary.
We had the chance to go visit a close friend of ours in the hospital her five month baby who has been having random seizures,so they had to take her in to the hospital. So we had the opportunity to go visit them, and say the divine mercy chaplet! It was so peaceful, they are going to be taking the baby to do more tests in Quito (Ecuador's capital) so pray that everything goes smoothly.
Continue to pray for Mishel the five month year old baby, as well for our Ahuano. Blessings!