“It´s amazing how the Good Shepherd guides us and interweaves our ways in His Way. Precisely on the time that Casa Velha and her “sister communities” initiated a new step of the ongoing COP26 pilgrimage On the Way to Change, gathering and connecting small seeds of hope and change, the Spirit brought to Casa Velha a young family from the Philippines, committed also in Ecology and Spirituality,” Margarida Alvim of Casa Velha shares.
From September 15 – 16, Casa Velha welcomed a Portuguese-Filipino family: Francisco and Raisa Machado with their 16 month old daughter Julia. Raisa is a Filipina currently completing her Master’s thesis in Religious Education, which is aimed at preparing material to help teachers of Catholic religious education incorporate Laudato Si’ and its insights into their courses. They came to visit Margarida and her Casa Velha project to understand her spirituality and be inspired by the work being done there. It was a special encounter for the family to see the beautiful old trees, breathe the fresh air, taste the fruit from the trees, play with Vale the dog and Baltasar the donkey, and especially to pray together and spend time with Margarida!