Twice in a row during our last two visits home we were unable to get past the doors of San Ignacio. Due to unruly neighbors the doors are to be locked at all times, except for mass and marriages. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then, on our trip down memory lane, in town for the funeral of my beloved grandmother, we tried our luck at visiting once more, this time the doors were wide open. Immediately, I felt drawn to the right side of the Church, unaware yet that it housed this statue of La Virgen de Guadalupe. I waved my father over and said, "Have you ever seen anything more beautiful?" He informed me that not only was this the Church I was baptized in, but also where my grandparents were married 55 years ago, and this was the statue my grandmother placed her wedding flowers before. I wept, knelt and spent time in prayer mourning the loss of my grandmother and relishing in the beauty of the image of Our Lady my grandmother introduced to me at my youngest age. I imagined her kneeling before the same image, presenting a bouquet before the same statue and the overwhelming joy she must have felt then. And then imagined the incomparable joy she must be feeling to be in the True Presence at that very moment and forever. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We had the entire church to ourselves, save for one man attending to the altar, lighting the candles. We figured a mass would soon be taking place and went about our way. As we were about to cross the threshold on our way out, a priest in full vestments stopped and asked if any of my sisters or I were the bride. Apparently, a wedding was to take place that afternoon (15 minutes prior to our departure to be exact) and that's why the doors were open. However, the wedding party never arrived. Not the bride, nor the groom or one single guest showed up. Just us, the Caballero family, at the perfect time. I have no doubt my grandma had a hand in that Godincidence. She wanted us to know peace and remember the happiest times of her life there.
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