Friday, February 17th, at 6:00 p.m., we went by car and van to Pallerols, looking forward to seeing such special places for Saint Josemaría.
We arrived very late at night on a very dark, winding road. The van lost its way and it is in the middle of the forest. We imagine the fear they would have in 1937, without flashlights or cars to protect them.
Jordi waits for us. He has lit the chimney fire and gives us the keys to the house and the church.
We dine while we project the movie "There be Dragons". What a thrill when Pallerols appears! We are here!! It helps us to know the atmosphere of fear and hate that was so prominent during the civil war, and how difficult it was for the fugitives to survive.
We slept thinking about how cold it was and how sorrowful St. Josemaria was because he did not know if he was doing what God wanted.
There is a radiant sun, a magnificent weather that will accompany us on this day. After breakfast, Jordi explains the story of those moments, and teaches us about the restored old rectory. There were many details that we did not know. What we liked the most was discovering where the rose was, how it illuminated that morning of 1937.
To finish, we go to Peramola. We see the haystack from the outside and read the fragment of "Entre la noche y la esperanza" (Between the night and the hope) that explains what happened there. We continue to the Casa del Corb (the Corb house). We have arrived! There we eat and play for a while.
Upon returning, the priest awaits us. It is the first time he is there and he is also very excited. After celebrating the Holy Mass and preaching meditation, we have a moment of reflection. We have prepared texts from the diary of Antoni Dalmases and other testimonies. Although it is cold, how good it is to pray here!