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Fr. Rodriguez runs 50 mile marathon in Mexico January 20, 2014

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Not just in Mexico, but in the steep mountains of Chihuahua. There is apparently a major 50 mile marathon in the Chihuahuan village of Urique, which Fr. Rodriguez visited and competed in, but this post is about much more than that!  It’s about how one priest can transform a whole town, at least for a few days.

In this part of Mexico, there is some seriously mountainous terrain around.  Apparently, Fr. Rodriguez completed the marathon in 12 hours. That is an impressive achievement. I used to be quite a runner, but never did more than a half marathon. That was before everyone and their dog has 13.1 or 26.2 stickers on their car, and not incidentally, also before I had children.

Fr. Rodriguez offered Mass in Cerocahui and Urique.  One of the churches is lovely, I think the one in Cerocahui, I’m not so sure of the one in Urique.

Reader D sent me the following photos, and some accompanying text. I’ll intermingle some of both as I enjoy seeing Fr. Rodriguez, a priest very dear to me, witnessing to the Faith in the still secular nation of Mexico:

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The road to Urique is treacherous. The descent is over a road carved into the side of sheer cliffs that descends over one mile from rim to bottom. In places there is barely room for one vehicle. One month before the event, the mayor of the village and his companion lurched over the side of one of the worst precipices, falling in a single drop over one thousand feet.

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The mission you see in Cerocahui is a Jesuit mission dating to the late 17th century. It is stunningly beautiful and a tourist attraction in an extremely remote area.

The Catholic Church in Urique is, as usual, right in the center of town. We arrived hitchhiking…which is extremely common down there. Father had already offered Mass that morning – the second one he offered in Cerocahui. We exited our benefactor’s vehicle right in front of the Church and, seeing the cassock, we were in a stranger’s home, seated in easy chairs drinking tea, literally within one minute. Young boys carried our gear in. From that moment forward, we had family there.

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It is a small village. Some very rudimentary inns have sprung up largely because of this event, and during the time of the event, just about everyone’s home becomes an inn. We knew we were arriving later than many would and, had there been no cassock, we would have likely slept on the sidewalk.

There is no priest assigned there. After settling in, the women of our new home, along with friends, opened the Church and we set to cleaning it up…moving the table to its correct position for the authentic Mass and doing the best we could to spiff the place up. Father offered a beautiful Holy Hour there that night, attended only by women. The word got out. The next morning, the day before the race, he offered his first Mass there and there were men in attendance. Another Holy Hour that night…now some Indians and some foreigners, there for the race, were in attendance.

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The race begins in the dark of the morning and ends in the dark of night. Race day, 4 AM, the bells of the Church ring and Father Rdoriguez offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in the Traditional form, at that hour, prior to going out and running the rugged roads for twelve hours and fifty miles. This morning the Church is even more full. Notably, more men are in attendance, villagers and otherwise. Villagers are almose exclusively Mexican, while the Indians inhabit very small communities in the surrounding mountains.

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Catholic masses in Mexico, and most especially in rough-and-tumble places like this, are largely female affairs. Few males bother to attend Mass on the rare occasion a priest happens to arrive.

I am a native Spanish speaker and by now have a pretty good acquaintance going with a lot of the men. As we are sitting on the stone wall in front of the Church, watching the runners go by, some of the local village men come up to me and say : “We are going to kidnap THIS priest and keep him here so that he will give us THIS mass.” (Emphasis theirs) What a testimony to the masculinty of THIS Mass and THESE priests, as opposed to the Novus Ordo. [here here]

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The day of the race, just prior to departure, Father Rodriguez offers his last Mass in Urique – the best-attended of all, using a stick to help his weary legs rise from a kneeling position.

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Comments

1. Elizabeth - January 20, 2014

Thanks for that write-up. That just did my heart good. God bless Fr. Rodriguez. I love that priest.

2. Mary - January 20, 2014

I’m guessing he ran in his cassock and not shorts and a T… that would be a great faith statement alone!
we are lucky to have such an impressive priest – changing hearts everywhere he goes!

tantamergo - January 20, 2014

No, I don’t think he ran in his cassock. But he did witness for days in a village with no regular priest, and did more for the faith of those fortunate souls than had been done for them in years, if not decades.

It is interesting that the men felt compelled to assist at Mass when it was the TLM.

3. Janet Smyer - January 21, 2014

Deo gratias!!

4. Hannah - January 21, 2014

I love Fr. Rodriguez!!

5. KathiBee - January 21, 2014

He doesn’t run in his cassock, but he does run in all black with images of the Blessed Mother on him. You might not know he’s a priest, but you would certainly know he’s a Mother-loving Catholic!

6. Rebecca Allen - January 21, 2014

His sermons can be heard at http://www.svfonline.org

7. PreVat2 - January 21, 2014

He would have made one fine Marine!

Semper Fidelis.

8. Virginia Lopez - January 21, 2014

Mi corazon se emociona y mi alma crece en fe en Dios, cada vez
que leo una noticia del P. Rodriguez. Dios lo bendiga siempre!

9. FE B ALVA - January 22, 2014

FE AND TOM ALVA – JANUARY 21,2014

WE BOTH LOVE FR.MICHAEL AND ALWAYS WILL.

10. JMJ HF Productions - January 22, 2014

To watch videos of sermons and Masses offered by Fr. Michael Rodriguez click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/JMJHFPRODUCTIONS


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