After exams I was able to make two pilgrimages. The first was to Malta to go to the places where St. Paul walked. Malta is the Island which St. Paul ship wrecked on in the bible. We were able to make this pilgrimage on the feast day of the ship wreck, Feb. 10th, so the locals were really pulling out all the stops. It was a blessed time. I prayed asking for St. Pauls intercession for our diocese.
As you can see the shore line was beautiful. Pretty nice boat as well.
|I didn't know it but apparently Malta has some of the oldest man made ruins in the world (3700 BC) |
Older than Stonehenge (3000 BC)
To the left is a picture of the statue of St. Paul which the locals process through the streets for hours. To the right is a picture of the street decorated for the feast. People were in the windows of the buildings dropping down confetti the entire time and there was music from brass bands all over.
|This is a picture of our whole group |
along with a couple seminarians from Malta.
The second pilgrimage was to Spain where we visited Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Our Lady at Montserrat.
|This is a picture of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It has been under construction non stop since the late 1800's.|
The place we stayed was in the foothills outside of Barcelona. It was an old farm house with a vineyard which had not been operational for years. But Carles, the current owner, purchased it about 14 years ago and has been fixing it up and getting some of the farming rolling again. He has no vines yet but he does have olive trees, almond trees, a garden and a bunch of chickens. We went out to the chicken coop each morning to grab some fresh eggs for breakfast.
|The Benedictine monks Chapel at Montserrat.|