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Setting Out: Pilgrimage Part 2

Once again I am at the airport. Today’s destination Madrid, Spain. My annual trip to the Basilica de Jesús de Medinaceli and Iglesias de San José. Two places I love to pray and commune with our Lord. This trip is different, this time I am sharing it, not heading out alone but instead sharing the pilgrimage.

My time in Spain is highlighted in the search for new wisdom by leading me to San Sebastián de Garabandal, Spain. This little known but deeply important apparition site was the awakening of my understanding to the profound nature and grace of the Eucharist last September. To return is a gift. I have already experienced the power of unified faith in reserving a room in this holy place. The home is owned by two of the most loving people who have welcomed me already by their kindness and generosity through email. I will certainly experience the love of our Christian community and learn a great deal.

From there it is on to Ireland for two weeks. I have always looked forward to going there and visiting Our Lady of Knock, however, this time there is a dark cloud over the Emerald Isle. Mass is illegal, distribution of the Eucharist is illegal, baptisms are allowed only in the cases of those who are about to die. However, abortions clinics are open and accepting clients.

For those who do not oppose abortion the connection between the churches being closed and abortion clinics being open may not be clear. If we take the politicized arguments out of the equation, what you are left with is the most basic of human rights, to live and to worship, are being denied.

I recently had the grace of spending time with Father Jay at St. Pious X in Chula Vista. His response to the situation in Ireland was to go rogue, start saying mass, get the Eucharist out there and let God take care of the rest. Father Jay clearly understands the power of the Eucharist.

There is a fire inside of me that wants to do just that. However, I am not a priest. I am asking Our Lord for guidance, courage, and most of all wisdom.

Now if the good Lord see’s fit to let my travels continue my pilgrimage will finalize in Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina. I am looking forward to experiencing our most Blessed Virgin Mary’s daily arrival and being filled with her Son’s grace.

My prayers for this trip are to increase my wisdom. To understand more vibrantly the voice of our Lord and through wisdom give myself over to His will.

Please send me your prayer requests and please pray for me.

God bless us all.

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