On August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Sisters enjoyed a day of rest, celebration and exploration. A number of Sisters took part in the annual procession of La Virgen de la Espina – the Patroness of Los Molinos, Spain. Townspeople dressed in local garb gathered in front of the façade of the convent where they sang hymns to our Lady before processing to her grotto located on the side of the mountain.
Afterwards some of the Sisters rode into the city of Madrid to scout the area and plan the travel routes for the Sisters to participate in the World Youth events. During their day they met young pilgrims from around the world. Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB – the CEO of Salt and Light Productions from Canada met with our Sisters at the Love and Life Center for the English speaking pilgrims.
On the same day, about twenty-five Sisters boarded a train for Avila to spend a day among the Carmelite Saints. There too, the city was filled with pilgrims from around the world who had come to spend the day in the birthplace of St. Teresa who is one of the Patrons of this World Youth Day. The Bishop of Avila celebrated Mass in the Plaza of Santa Teresa for several hundred pilgrims. Masses were celebrated throughout Avila. An afternoon procession in honor of our Lady beginning at the Church of San Juan (St. Teresa’s church of baptism), moved in solemnity and song throughout the streets of Avila.
In the evening families gathered in the Los Molinos home of the Little Sisters of the poor for a candle light rosary procession. Our Lady’s praises brightened the still and starry night.