As we remain\nopen and alive to our formation, in the footsteps of Father de Montfort, more\nopportunities favorable to this objective keep on unfolding. Recently, from 6th\n- 8 th March, we joined the Filipino Montfort Lay Associates in their 19th\npilgrimage to the northern part of the country, in Ilocos. This trip was well\norganized by the lay people themselves, in collaboration with some of our\nMontfortian confreres involved in the ministry of Marian Spirituality. The\npurpose of the pilgrimage was to inspire our daily commitment to live the\ngospel from our hearts as well as to pray for peace in the world. There, in\nIlocos, we visited at least seven religious sites, mostly churches that were\nfounded way back in the 16th century. Their structures and external appearance\nseem to narrate well history, despite undergoing some mild renovations through\nthe centuries. We also managed to visit other historical places like the old\nVigan city, one of the seven wonder cities of the world. In all these places\nand in the course of two days we tried to give meaning to the whole experience,\nas one family, through the traditional Montfortian prayers, the way of the\ncross, reflecting on the inspiring stories behind some of the churches. And, of\ncourse, the interaction among the pilgrims was very enriching too. Cementing\neverything was the holy Eucharistic celebration, on Monday morning, before our\ndeparture back to Manila. On our part, as novices, sharing in this experience\nhas given us an extra mile as far as discerning the will of God in our hearts\nis concerned. Though we seemed physically exhausted, after the long trip back\nhome, we felt spiritually refreshed and our missionary zeal was inflamed. Seen\nin the context of the Lenten season, the whole experience appeared to have\nengraved in everyone’s heart the reminder of our day to day’s journey toward\nJesus living in Mary.
-Bro. Innocent Ignatius\nMwanoka, nSMM