This blog is just full of surprises these days! Having arrived at the NPH house in El Salvador, Fr. Ron has offered us the use of his computer so that we could share some photos and thoughts from the trip so far. As you can see, Flat Thomas (aka Tomas Plano) decided to accompany us on this trip and he quickly spotted the local Waffle House on our way down to Antigua.
Antigua is beautiful as you can see from this early morning photo.
We have been recording the “voices of NPH” with St. Thomas’ newly acquired podcasting equipment with the intent of sharing even more of this trip in the near future.
We had a chance to visit with these Carmelite sisters who work as catechists near the NPH house in Guatemala. They are all “homegrown” vocations and their numbers are increasing. Their focus is on prayer and evangelization. We were struck by their humble simplicity and hospitality, not to mention their ability to bake a mean cake!
None of us had ever tried Pollo Campero, so we made a quick stop while on the road to El Salvador. John was disappointed that there were no beans on the menu, but the chicken was muy saboroso!
Yesterday’s mass with the kids at NPH El Salvador was incredible. God was clearly present in all the joyful faces gathered in prayer and song. Fr. David gave an excellent homily on how we are changed for better when we allow God to touch our lives. This trip is one of those chances to see where God’s hand is changing the lives of his children.
After mass, we gathered with the kids to watch the soccer game between the United States and El Salvador. There was an eruption of cheers when El Salvador scored their first goal, but the celebration was short lived as the US won the game 2-1.
Our NPH pilgrimage is near the half way mark. All three of us are enjoying the opportunity to learn more about NPH family while connecting with old and new friends in prayer and fellowship.