Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
I don't have pictures to show this, but this really happened today. What is God telling me?
I went to Flores to pray in the Blessed Sacrament chapel of the cathedral. The city of Flores is on an island. All of the streets run in concentric circles on the side of a tall hill. The cathedral sits at the apex.
There were a few people coming in and out of the cathedral and chapel as I prayed there. At about 10 minutes to noon, a man came up to me and told me that the church would be closing at noon. I thanked him. We had a short conversation. As I rose to leave, he beckoned me to follow him out a side door and away from the main door. He was the caretaker.
He led me past all sorts of stuff for the church and up a very narrow stairway. I could see that we were heading toward the bell tower. We continued to climb to the roof. He took me to each side to see the view....a lovely sight of the surrounding lake and villages from the highest point of ground! What a lovely creation of God!
At noon he began ringing the large bell for the first part of the Angelus, a prayer commonly prayed at noon and at 6 pm. Then he moved to the smaller set of bells and continued ringing with the prayer.
In the chapel, I had just asked for a sign. All the way up the stairs I walked with reverence knowing that somehow, this was the sign.
I thought about Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. Matthew recounts part of the story in these words: "Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 'I will give you all these,' he said, 'if you fall at my feet and worship me.' Then Jesus replied, 'Be off, Satan! For scripture says: You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.'" Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012