Priest: Adoration has made Juarez safer
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Juarez, located in the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico, was considered from 2008 to 2010 to be one of the the most dangerous cities in the world, due to drug trafficking violence and the constant struggles for power and territory between the cartels.
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Juarez, Mexico (CNA/EWTN News) - However, the city of 1.3 million inhabitants dropped off this list thanks to a significant decrease in the number of homicides: from 3,766 in 2010 to 256 in 2015.
Although this drop can be credited to an improvement in the work of local authorities, for Fr. Patrico Hileman -- a priest responsible for establishing Perpetual Adoration chapels in Latin America --there is a much deeper reason: Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The priest told Radio MarĂa Argentina that in 2013 the missionaries opened the first Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Juarez. At that time "40 people a day were dying because two drug gangs were fighting over the city to move drugs into the United States."
It was the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels, whose former leader JoaquĂn "el Chapo" GuzmĂˇn Loera was recently extradited from Mexico to the United States.
Fr. Hileman recalled that â€˝the parishes were saying that the war wasn't ending because a group of soldiers were with one gang and the police were with the other one. They were killing people, burning houses down so they would leave, fighting over the city."
One of the parishes that was "desperate" asked the missionaries to open a Perpetual Adoration chapel because they assured that "only Jesus is going to save us from this, only Jesus can give us security."
The missionaries only took three days to establish the first Perpetual Adoration chapel in Juarez.
Fr. Hileman told how one day, when the city was under a state of siege, a lady was on her way to the chapel to do her Holy Hour at 3:00 in the morning, when she was intercepted by six soldiers who asked her where she was heading.
When the woman told them that she was going to "the little chapel" the uniformed men asked her what place, because everything was closed at that hour. Then the woman proposed they accompany her to see for themselves.
When they got to the chapel, the soldiers found "six women making the Holy Hour at the 3:00 in the morning," Fr. Hileman said.
At that moment the lady said to the soldiers: "Do you think you're protecting us? We're praying for you 24 hours a day."
One of the uniformed men fell down holding his weapon,"crying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The next day at 3:00 in the morning they saw him in civilian clothes doing a Holy Hour, crying oceans of tears," he said.
Two months after the chapel was opened, the pastor "calls us and says to us: Father, since the chapel was opened there has not been one death in Juarez, it's been two months since anyone has died."
"We put up ten little chapels in a year," Fr. Hileman said.
As if that were not enough, "at that time they were going to close the seminary because there were only eight seminarians and now there are 88. The bishop told me that these seminarians had participated in the Holy Hours."
Fr. Hileman pointed out that "that is what Jesus does in a parish" when people understand that "we find security in Christ."
He also noted that "the greatest miracles occur in the early hours of the morning."
The early morning "is when you're most at peace, when you hear God better, your mind, your heart is more tranquil, you're there alone for God. If you are generous with Jesus, he is a thousand times more generous with you," Fr. Hileman said.
This article was originally published on CNA Jan. 26, 2017.
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