EL SALVADOR March 9, 2013Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Pilgrimage.
Tags: Cagayan de Oro City, El Salvador, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Manuel Mijares SVD, Shrine of the Divine Mercy
Last February 22, the Legion of Mary of Parokya San Miguel – Mabuhay together with Fr. Manuel Mijares, SVD and I went for a pilgrimage in the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in El Salvador. No, this is not in Latin America. El Salvador is a small town in Cagayan de Oro which is the home of the 50-foot statue of the Divine Mercy.
We left Olutanga Island at 7 in the morning and arrived 8 in the evening in El Salvador. It was pretty a long trip. When we arrived at the Holy Queen Pilgrim House, we were surprised that a group of other pilgrims from Gensan took our accommodation. Funny. We texted our contact that we would be late because our van was having some engine trouble. Just before we arrived, this group from Gensan who did not have advance booking told the receptionist that their van had an engine trouble. To cut the story short, the good receptionist welcomed them, gave them our accommodation, with the thought that the Gensan group was our group.
So when we arrived, we found ourselves without a place to lay our tired bodies. There were some available beds for our group of 30 but it was not enough. Some of us sacrificed to stay at the sala of the pilgrim house. I stayed outside, at the pathwalk (which is a good thing because I found out the following day that those who stayed outside are free, lol).
The pilgrimage kicked off the following day. Everybody was excited. In fact, Fr. Manuel and I mistaken signed a log-book due to our excitement. We thought we wrote in a guestbook. When I scanned the photos I took during the pilgrimage, I realized that we signed a log-book for those who will be wearing skirts. Hahahahahaha!
We were so blest to have attended the Holy Mass at 8 am. I was one of the concelebrants. I also spent some time to hear the confessions of many pilgrims. It also brought me back to my childhood days where I used to recite the English version of the 3 pm Divine Mercy prayer at ABS-CBN (tagalong na kasi ngayon eh). I just realized that it was one of the longest prayers I memorized by heart as a child. My journey to El Salvador was indeed a spiritual boost.