The final day and return to the UK. What an experience this has been for the pilgrims.
After the usual 89 steps ascent and descend from her room to the dinning room for the last breakfast served by the wonderful ladies the group pack and leave the Centro Loyola. The gardeners stop what they are doing to help the pilgrims.. what thoughtfulness and kindness of the people!
There is a steep hill from the Centro Loyola building to the gate (guarded by an armed guard) Debbie is not only physically feeling better but is also inspired and hopeful, keen to share her experience with people back in the UK.
The traffic getting to the airport was the usual bumper-to-bumper ride. Lots to see on the way. Interesting that so many properties had barbed wires to keep people out and the country will not go short of tyres with the number of tyre shops there are!
The group were pleased to see that the airport also kept Romero alive… even if it is a mouthful.
Debbie reflects on her pilgrimage
“I was expecting to learn more about Blessed Oscar Romero and visit a few sites and pray there but what I experienced was life changing. I encounter much more than my expectations. I met great fellow pilgrims with similar vision. I met the wonderful people of El Salvador who taught me what to be community. To give till it hurts and not count the cost, not to seek revenge but still have hope and strength in the fight for justice.
I heard of and encountered so many brave and courageous people. They were joyful in the little things and were thanking and praising God at each opportunity. In a land where such injustices and horror have taken place, the hand of God is visibly at work. What great faith the Salvadoreans have!”
“Seeing CAFOD’s partners working with the people was wonderful. I was so overwhelmed by the strength and desire of the community to change their lives, not to rely on hand-outs. Such dignity and pride in what they did to get out of the clutches of poverty. Amazing attitude!
“I shall do as Sr Martha asks and share my experience and stories so that I too can stand in solidarity with the people to give voice to the voiceless .”