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The joy of following in the footsteps of Saint Josemaría on his path of liberation

   

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The group in the Ribalera      

The last week of August, a score of priests and seminarians from Madrid arrived in the south of the Pyrenean mountain range, on the sunny side of Pallerols de Rialb, where the church of Sant Esteve presides over the heights. We settled in the Fonda La Masia in the nearby town of Peramola, which gave us generous hospitality, especially in the form of copious food needed for the expedition.

With the dawn of the day we went to pray in the church and celebrate Holy Mass there, while great clouds still slept over the valley, waiting to be torn by the morning sun. We would go back to the hostel to have breakfast and, with the vans, we would arrive at the starting point that we had each scheduled day. We carried with us the travel diary that the fugitives wrote, and we read it in the same areas they described. After the excursion, in the afternoons, we would go back to the church to pray the rosary in front of the image of the "Mare de Déu del Roser"; later, we received training talks and also took advantage of it to have a time of expansion, reading or dialogue.

   
     
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A good breakfast to have strength for the walk
 - A good breakfast to have strength for the walk
   
   
     
In Peramola ready to go out
 - In Peramola ready to go out
   
   
     
In the Saint Raphael Cabin
 - In the Saint Raphael Cabin
   
   
     
On the way to the Casa del Corb
 - On the way to the Casa del Corb
   
   
     
In Coll de Mur, on the way to the Ribalera
 - In Coll de Mur, on the way to the Ribalera
   
   
     
Arriving at the Ribalera
 - Arriving at the Ribalera
   
   
     
In the Ribalera, reading the historical documents transcribed in the book "Camino de Liberación"
 - In the Ribalera, reading the historical documents transcribed in the book
   
   
     
Very close to the Andorran border. In the background, the Borda de Lluçà
 - Very close to the Andorran border. In the background, the Borda de Lluçà
   
   
     
The town of Argolell, at the foot of the Andorran border
 - The town of Argolell, at the foot of the Andorran border
   
   
     
In the church of Sant Julià de Lòria, in Andorra
 - In the church of Sant Julià de Lòria, in Andorra
   
   
     

Our first objective, after having seen the documentary of the Pass of the Pyrenees, was the Cabaña de San Rafael, which was accessed by climbing a somewhat steep slope through the Pallerols forests. In it, Ramón, our guide, explained to us the stay of Saint Josemaría and his companions. The next day we climbed a mighty massif, the Roca del Corb; an imposing stone mass from whose top the entire landscape is dominated. The sharp and, in some sections, slippery steep slopes of the mountains demanded full attention to the trail. There were some loud falls, without much danger, especially since we had thickets of brambles available for our support in case we slipped.

Finally, on the last day, we reached freedom in Sant Julià de Lòria, the first Andorran town where the founder of Opus Dei arrived. Accustomed to the infinite Castilian plain, the encirclement of the mountains of Andorra was a sight worthy of admiration. We visited the Church where he was able to pray in front of a tabernacle, something he had not done since the beginning of the war.

The Pass of the Pyrenees has left in us the imprint of the heroism of that group of fugitives victims of religious persecution. The church of Pallerols de Rialb deserves to be visited as a special place, in which the "Virgin of the personal way", as Fr. Javier Echevarría spontaneously called her, pours out thanks to the pilgrims. Because The pass of the Pyrenees is not just a pass, it also has divine traces of pilgrimage.




   

 6 Comments
   
  Author Xavier C. | 13/09/2021
   Comment Muy bien, felicidades y adelante!!
   
  Author Manu C | 12/09/2021
   Comment Gracias por transmitir vuestra experiencia. Todos los que hemos podido hacerla experimentamos un no se qué de cercanía con Dios, con la Virgen... y con San Josemaria, que nos hace mucho bien.
   
  Author Tino | 12/09/2021
   Comment Exclente documento. Gracias por transmitirlo
   
  Author C. Tamames  | 12/09/2021
   Comment ¡Qué buen artículo! Sin duda alguna ha merecido la pena. Volveré
   
  Author Florentino Ysern | 12/09/2021
   Comment M'ha agradat l'última frase: Perquè el Pas no és només un pas, també té traces divines de peregrinació.
Jo, que com tants, torno una volta i un altra, no deixo de sorprendre'm de com la vida d'un sant deixa aquestes emprentes que transcendeixen i arriben al cor.
   
  Author Eduardo G.  | 12/09/2021
   Comment La verdad es que han sido unos días estupendos. Una oportunidad para rememorar lo que hizo San Josemaría. Estoy muy agradecido a todas las personas que lo han hecho posible. Espero que más gente pueda conocerlo.
   
   
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Pallerols de Rialb, September 12, 2021
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