"Let us walk together in one heart".

This is the motto that inspired the Holy Week mission in 2023. The groups of the Secular Carmelite Missionary Carmelites of Costa Rica and the Carmelite Missionary Sisters went to three parishes in the country to accompany communities where the priests could not reach.

On 19 March we gathered for the formation in preparation for this great event, to be messengers of God's mercy and to bring hope to the families, was the exhortation given to us by Father Alexis Céspedes in the Eucharist of sending forth.

We accompanied the parish of Miramar de Puntarenas, in the communities of Ventanas, Corazón de Jesús, Zapotal and Cedral, another parish was La Suiza de Turrialba in Cartago, in the communities of Santa Cristina, El Silencio, El Carmen and Las Colonias and the parish of Patriarca San José de Golfito in Puntarenas, in the community of San Vicente de Paúl.

Prayer for one another kept us united from different places and the Spirit was the main driving force behind this work of love. Reaching out to the communities with an open heart, in an attitude of welcoming and listening, was the key to entering not only the houses we visited, but also the hearts of those who live there.

Sharing the joy of the wonders that God works in people's lives and seeing Jesus in the sick, in those who suffer and embrace their cross with serenity, because they feel the embrace of God's mercy, are very edifying experiences in which we see that the Kingdom is among us.

This experience allowed us to see God's love reflected in the hospitality of the families who welcomed us into their homes and in those who accompanied us along the roads with availability, to reach every home, the joy with which they awaited our passage and gladly received the invitation to participate in the activities and celebrations of the Easter Triduum. They are communities with few inhabitants, which means that they all know each other, support each other in difficult times, help each other in times of need, they really are a true testimony.

It is to thank God for the dedication and commitment of the pastoral agents who enthusiastically took on the organisation and preparation of all the details of each Celebration, they are communities who put their gifts at the service of making the Paschal Mystery a more profound experience, they have really taught us what it is to live in synodality. Sharing life, faith, fraternity, praying together and adoring the Lord, sharing the bread of the Word and contemplating Christ who suffers and dies, but who at the same time rises and renews all hope, all this has made us feel "one heart" in Christ Jesus. We trust in God that all that we have experienced and learned has fallen on good soil and bears fruit. 

The return journey was a joyful contemplation that we were the first to be evangelised, that the Lord does not allow himself to be outdone in generosity, because we went with a full heart to give and we have returned edified, more committed to the service of the Church and aware that our coherence of life: words and deeds, is what leaves its mark in our wake, this invites us to take care of and strengthen our moments alone with God and to look at Christ in others.

Therefore, we can say with Bl. Francisco Palau that: "My mission is reduced to announcing to the people that you are infinitely beautiful and lovable, and to preaching to them that they should love you. Love of God, love of neighbour: this is the object of my mission".  MR 12.2

Alejandra Sanabria, cm

Missionary Experience 2023

Missionary Experience 2023

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