Sisters of Mercy Honored in Guatemala
Reflections by Sister Caridad D.
April 27, 2013, 4:30 a.m. – outside the House of Mercy in Chanmagua, Guatamala SssssssssBOOM….SsssssssBOOM!!! Firecrackers explode!!! A day to honor the Sisters of Mercy began!!!
For 40 years, I, along with many other Sisters of Mercy, have worked in the development of body, mind and spirit in the village of Chanmagua. For 30 years Sister Natividad worked side by side with me in doing the works of mercy expressed in our fourth vow, the vow of service. The village planned a special day to say “thank you” and to celebrate.
The day included so many happy moments. Colorful ribbons and painted corn husks hung down upon the streets below painted with words of gratitude along colorful sawdust carpets. A procession of residents from Chanmagua and many other villages as well as from the city of Esquipulas paraded from the House of Mercy to the court beside the church for the Eucharist of the day celebrated by two Benedictine priests who came from the Basilica—the Abbot and the pastor of the Chanmagua parish.
Following the special liturgy, talks of honor and appreciation were shared. A special committee announced a new foundation being organized to continue works of Mercy—Foundation Misericordia Hna. Caridad.
All were then invited to a new little plaza in front of the parish church, Our Lady of Fatima. A large white cloth unveiled a statue of me! – a Bible in one hand and my Guatemala bag in the other.
Between the church and the new park a photo gallery captured memories of the Sisters of Mercy presence and service in Guatamala for the past 40 years. There were so many gathered for the celebration that lunch was served in two places—the plaza and in the parish center, the Potter´s Wheel.
Later in the afternoon marimba music filled the air and during the evening special acts including dramatizations and Christian music were performed.
A good time was had by all who attended.
I give thanks to the Lord for the blessings in abundance which I have received in this rural pastoral ministry and to those who have helped me to help others — things that I could never have done if I didn’t belong to this Mercy congregation. Long live Mercy!
To view additional photos from the celebration, click here.