Pentecost is more than a celebration

A girl from the NPH OneFamily Program shares the way she celebrates the religious festivities of Guatemala.
May 3, 2018 - Guatemala

NPH Guatemala's chapel.

The religious traditions in Guatemala present different manifestations of faith. From the moment Lent commences, we begin to appreciate the processions, vigils and masses that revive the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

The streets of the cities are dressed in colors and aromas to pay homage to such important events, and religious art is shown in its entire splendor.

After Holy Week and Easter, Pentecost is celebrated. The Feast of Pentecost is one of the most important celebrations in the liturgical year, where Christians have the opportunity to devote themselves to the relationship that exists between the resurrection of Christ, his ascension, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

It was during this time that we took the opportunity to check-in with Marily,* who after living onsite at NPH Guatemala for three years, was reintegrated with her family through the NPH OneFamily Program. "I like to go out with my family this time of year. To me, the most important thing is worshiping God."

As a token of her devotion and faith, Marily attends church every Sunday with her siblings, and told us her motivation for going,."I thank God for life and for all the opportunities He gives me."

At NPH, religious education is a cornerstone of the home and is integral to the spiritual formation of our children. It is an essential element in the practice of values and principles. For this reason, our philosophy is based on Biblical teachings.

"The most important thing for me is that my children practice charity, because if they love, they will be loved. This will make your work efficient and effective. Be a positive influence on your own children and on society and achieve your salvation." NPH Founder, Father Wasson.

This quote shows Father Wasson’s desire to positively impact the lives of children, their families, and society, through the relationship between education and spirituality.

This impact is reflected in Marily's life because, although she misses the home and her friends, she enjoys family time and is happy to still be part of the NPH family. She hopes to continue to progress through her schooling, and recognizes that her faith plays an important role in the fulfillment of her dreams. "We must only believe in God and follow the footsteps of Jesus."

Sofia López   
Communication Officer

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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