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Sharing the faith during Holy Week

27/04/2005: Mexico

Students from the Colegio Cervantes Costa Rica de Guadalajara, Jalisco (México Occidental), dedicated themselves totally to sharing their faith with the people of six small rural communities during Holy Week.
Having prepared themselves for some months beforehand, these young people experienced God’s work among the poorest and humblest people of our state of Jalisco. Truly God was there, talking with them and through them. Despite their lack of knowledge in some areas, they brought with them their boundless creativity and a heartfelt longing to share in the life of this people, and thus they themselves experienced the work of the Spirit through their work and commitment.
During the entire week they lived in the houses and places offered by the people, enjoying the simple food they generously provided. Some places were without water and light. The students, teachers and brothers all were touched by the sincere love shown to them by the children, young people and adults during their work in these communities.
Their work with the people of these communities included catechesis, discussions, games, socials, visits to the houses of the people and the preparation of the Holy Week ceremonies. They were also accompanied by two priests of the parish to which these communities belong.
Weariness, fleas, the bare earth, the sun, the danger of being bitten by scorpions were not enough to exhaust the enthusiasm and dedication of all these young people who had encouraged the openness and total commitment of this people, seen in the emotional goodbyes marked by tears and hearts touched by love, after having celebrated Christ’s resurrection.
Each person experienced the fact that “God is passionate about you and me, whether we be rich or poor, sinner or saint, loved by others or not.”

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