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Barkada ni Pedro
Prayer for Pilgrims and Organizers
for the 29th Local World Youth Day

Lord, lead us along the path of your love
and keep us faithful to the journey we make.
With the fire of your Spirit illuminate the road we travel
and help us up when we stumble and fall.
With your Word of truth make us a faithful pilgrim
and help to choose what is right and just and true.

For your heart of love give me the grace we need to love my fellow pilgrims
and organizers and to share with them your peace.
With the power of your cross teach me to pour out ourselves in service of the poor,
that our life might be filled with your love.
From the table of your Word and your Body and Blood,
nourish us with food that gives life.

Lead our steps safely along your path and gather us in,
with your sons and daughters,
together with our Holy Father, and all who make their way
to you and the life you promised.

Grant this and all good things through Christ our Lord,
Amen
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Carmen Salles y Barangueras


Carmen Salles y Barangueras

 

Carmen Salles, was born April 9, 1848, in Vic, Barcelona, Spain. Raised by devout Catholic parents, the second of 10 children, she grew up with a strong devotion of Our Lady. The year of 1858 was a Marian year and proved to be a pivotal time in Carmen’s life. It was the same year that Mary appeared in Lourdes to Bernadette and confirmed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. That year, Carmen went to Montserrat on pilgrimage with her family where she received her First Communion and vowed to give her life to Jesus. It was on this visit that she knelt at Mary’s feet and consecrated her life to Jesus through Mary.

Carmen was convinced of her vocation and convinced her parents to break her engagement to a young Spaniard and allow her to enter the Adores Sisters. These sisters were dedicated to the recovery of women who were living on the margins after a life of crime or prostitution. She dedicated the next 22 years of her life to educating these women so they could get out of the sex life and achieve a dignified place in society, which involved running day schools for the children of working mothers, and night schools for the mothers.

Sister Carmen eventually founded a new order, the Missionary Conceptionists of Hope, and became a well-known pioneer in proclaiming equality between men and women and in defending the dignity of women in the home and in society at large.

Carmen died in Madrid at the age of 63, on July 25, 1911. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 15, 1998, and her canonization has been set for October 21, 2012.

 

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