Since September 2017, the time when the Holy Mass started to be offered on a daily basis, the apostolate of the Society of Saint Pius X in Sri Lanka developed somehow with the number of faithful attending Sunday Mass growing from 30 to 60.
On Sunday 16 December 2018, the priory of Negombo organised its first procession in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of our church. Over 200 people attended the Mass and the Procession on that day. How to explain such the figure, so unusual for us here? The reason behind it is the word of mouth.
By a mysterious design of Divine Providence, our church is becoming a shrine where people come on a pilgrimage and pray. Word is spreading that Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Philomena grant favours here. I must say that Brother Francis and I are the witnesses of amazing stories. Among the list of graces received, here are three:
On a Sunday at noon, I saw a man praying in front the church door. It was closed because we were going out. I talked to him, apologised and explained that we had to go. The man replied: “I am going too. I just wanted to thank Our Lady because this morning a miracle happened. At 8 o’clock, I came in the church and prayed. I was very unhappy and bitter because I had been doing the same job for 15 years and never got any promotion. After I left the church, in the morning, my boss called me and offered to me the position of manager. It is a real miracle!”
A woman came to see us a few months ago. She was desperate. Her husband had been a heavy drinker for the past 35 years. Every day, once drunk, he would shout at everybody, turn violent and beat his wife up. The woman had put up with it for all these years; despite all the prayers she said and churches she visited, nothing changed. Following the advice of a friend of hers, she came to pray here. Just a few days later, she phoned to tell us that her husband had suddenly changed; he told her he would not drink anymore and apologised for all the family went through because of him.
A lady came on 12 December to give us a thanksgiving Mass. One day, on her way to Colombo, the capital city, she stopped at our church to pray. She was worried about a big problem she was facing. Only ten minutes after she had left the church premises, she received a phone call informing her that the problem was solved.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is really wonderful. If you haven’t done it yet, turn to her in all your difficulties. You will be amased by what she can do for you.