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THE MASK….. (a simple lie can shut down your life)


As I’ve been told… we should dare to dream, so we have something in live to achieve, … BUT.. how it will be if the DREAM is too HIGH too reach.. people will change, will do anything harm to others, cannot be thankful for what we have…

I know someone, who was a simple person, but has high expectation in her marriage life
As the time flows, she begin to step one level of live which is MARRIAGE…
but her dream cannot be achieved.. unfortunately her dream was ruin, and her life become miss-arable,..with the debts ..
the real life begun to appear so fast as A thunderstorm…

her dream become a nightmare… her life become A sharp knife which ready to cut out all the part of her body
her tears already dried… and her body become weak..
then something happen… the dark shadow appear and blind everything out..
she closed her heart, her eyes, her ears to everything…. and she become a very new her..

And she started her FAKE LIFE…
she put a MASK on her face to deal with the reality
Her friend become her enemy, only glamorous things open her eyes…
she feel heartless to anyone that tried to help her
she only listen to everyone who make her happy
she fill her life with her dream before without seeing a reality

at the end…
nothing can change her..
she live with her mask life
living as a pretender…
point out everything but her.. to blame…

do you think, how it can be???
it would be YOU…if you dream something that cannot achievable
it would be YOU, if you cannot face the reality and start act of it
it would be YOU, if first start as a pretender.. then you will pretend for the rest of your life

SO, guys.. out there..
STOP BEING A PRETENDER

Setiap kondisi pasti ada rencanaNYA


Setiap kali kalo kita lagi down selalu ada kata-kata “Semua indah pada waktunya” .. “mungkin belum saatnya” … “nanti akan ada yang terbaik”…..terus terang kata-kata itu sebenernya nga terlalu bisa dipahami buat orang yang lagi kesusahan.. .. too cliche…. dan itu terjadi pada saat semua berkata demikian padahal kita dalam keadaan yang membutuhkan penjelasan dan pembenaran …

Seiringnya waktu, dimana kekalutan sudah terurai…. pikiran sudah menjadi tenang.. baru kita dapat berpikir dengan baik dan bisa menelaah..

Pada saat satu kondisi yang lebih menyenangkan muncul…
setelah itu kita baru berpikir.. “AHA”… jangan2 ini yang dibilang kalo semua itu indah pada waktunya???…
hm, ternyata… memang benar..semua ada waktunya….

kemudian, kita akan berpikir lagi….
kalau saja kita ‘nggandoli’ masalah kita..tetep berkutat pada keinginan kita yang ‘harus’ dijalankan..maka kita tidak akan menemukan yang lebih baik daripada itu.. dan kemungkinan akan terjebak dengan permasalahan yang lebih dalam

Jadi, menurutku.. malah dengan kita mengikuti apa yang telah direncanakan olehNYA..semua itu sudah disediakan olehNYA sesuai dengan kemampuan kita.

Mungkin kita akan mengalami kerikil kerikil percobaan, tapi apapun itu, pasti ada rencana dibaliknya.. dan membuat kita lebih matang, lebih tegar untuk menghadapi kehidupan

So, guys – girls…. jangan pernah menyerah… dan putus asa bila kalian ada pada kondisi down atau masalah yang besar…. karna setiap kondisi pasti ada rencana dibaliknya…

Mengapa hidup ini tidak ADIL???


Mengapa hidup ini tidak adil???
Pertanyaan yang tidak perlu jawaban ini sering terlontar dari pikiran banyak orang ketika mereka merasa bahwa persoalan sepertinya datang silih berganti, atau masalah terasa tidak ada jawaban, atau dikala kita susah kita melihat sekitar kita sedang bergembira…

Mengapa hidup ini tidak adil…..??

Hari ini aku baca satu buku, dengan pembahasan tentang hal ini… dikatakan.. di dalam dunia, tidak ada sesuatu yang adil.. tapi bagaimana caranya kita merespon sesuatu hal itu sehingga kita bisa ‘survive’ dan sukses melewati kondisi tersebut, bukannya malah terpuruk

Dibahas juga bahwa bila dilihat dari dua sisi mata uang, suatu peristiwa, pasti akan dianggap adil bagi satu pihak dan tidak adil bagi pihak yang lain. Misalnya dalam satu peristiwa pembunuhan . Bagi pihak keluarga korban, adil adalah bila terdakwa dihukum mati. sedangkan bagi keluarga terdakwa, mungkin mereka merasa bila adil bila terdakwa dihukum akan tetapi diperbolehkan masih bertemu dengan anak istrinya.. dan tidak jadi dihukum mati…

Adapun, bilamana dari pembahasan alkitabiah..
bila kita merasa hidup kita tidak adil…
Pernahkah kita merasa…….

ADILKAH, seorang MESIAS mengalami penghinaan dengan ditangkap, diseret, dan diludahi?
ADILKAH, seorang tidak bersalah dijatuhi hukuman mati, disalib dengan hina
ADILKAH, seorang YESUS dipaksa setengah telanjang, kesakitan dipaku dan disalib?
ADILKAH, seorang penguasa dunia mati disalib???

Bila melihat itu..
PANTASKAH kita merasa hidup kita ini TIDAK ADIL?
BERANIKAH kita marah pada TUHAN mengenai hidup kita?
PANTASKAH kita mengeluh terus??

Yang IA harapkan adalah
RESPONSE your life.. immediately.. because He gives you the situation for A reason….
to make you STRONGER than before…

hope you understand

A Novena to Our Lady of Continued blessings


In the days after your pilgrimage it might be a good ideas to recall the highpoints of your time in Lourdes. This may help you to answer the question: How can I live this in my everyday life?

A. How do I go about doing a novena at home?
here are some suggestions to help you. Take a candle home with you and light it everyday, while you are saying your novena.
Say the prayer of Our Lady continued blessings
Reflect on the thought for the day
Say a decade of the Rosary
Whilst saying the Hail Mary meditate on the mystery
The order in which you say the prayers is your choice

I. IT WAS EASY TO PRAY

When you were in Lourdes were there places or times when you found it easier to pray? For many pilgrims their favorite place is the Grotto, in the silence

yes, precisely in Lourdes you have the Grotto! however a crucifix, an Icon, a statue of Mary, a Bible, these are signs of the sacred. Added to that many churches are open during the week.

At the Grotto, I was not alone. You are never alone, You are in communion with the Saint and at the same time you are praying in and for the world. We are reminded of this when we pray the Our Father, . In Lourdes, candles are burning every moment of every day as a sign of the constant prayer of the church

Thought for the day
How is my prayer life? Is it growing?

Meditate on the announcing of the Kingdom:

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed are you among woman and him who gave us the OUR father, Jesus, your son
Holy Maru, Mother of GOD, pray for us sinner,
now and at the hour of our death, Amen

II. IN LOURDES, I WENT TO CONFESSION

In Lourdes, what was it that helped you go to confession? Can you in some way go back to that place in your heart in order to experience the joy and peace you received in Lourdes? Now you can think about the times when you could go to confession during the year at home

Thought for the day

Are you able to avail of confession in your home parish? maybe if this is not possible and if you live in a larger town you could go to another parish and perhaps ask a priest to be your confessor.

Remember the words of the Our Father (forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others..) there are many opportunities to celebrate God’s forgiveness, the Confiteor and the other words of the penitential rite. Actually think about these words and don’t say them mechanically.

Meditate on the death of Christ on the cross
It is him who delivers us from sin , Jesus, your son.

III. I WAS TOUCHED BY THE WITNESS GIVEN BY THE SICK AND THEIR HELP

In days gone by sick people were very visible in LOurdes. In our day thank to medical advance this is less so. However suffering is still part of the human condition when we come face to face with our own limitation.

Everyone is affected by Lourdes, the relationship we see between the sick and their helpers. The helpers themselves will tell you that they receive much more than they give

The person’s illness does not take away their taste for living but it makes us realize that all things are passing, it helps us to take stock of that which we have and to look at all aspect of our lives.

Thought for the day
In the group that I was with the people who helped the sick did not miss anything. Who needed the attention? Was it me who was afraid? They devoted their time freely, without charge!

How do you think the sick person or the person with disability deal with the temptation of their faith? Did God abandon me? (HOPE) I am near death (LOVE) I could just turn in on myself

Mediate on the Visitation
” and it is he heals the sick, Jesus your son

Maria @ Monaco

IV : A VIVID MEMORY OF MY VISIT TO THE CACHOT

The cachot is the second stage of the Jubilee Way. In this squalid damp hovel lived Bernadette, her parents and three siblings. On seeing this we cannot but be moved,. It is an wonderful example of GOD choosing the poor and the humble.

We have to be careful not to consider the story of Bernadette as nothing more than a fairytale; the little poor girl, sick and illiterate who for the last 150 years half a billion people have come here as pilgrims.

Thought for the day
If you had lived in Lourdes in 1858 what would you hae thought about the Soubirous? Would have paid any attention to them or would they have been invisible to you? Which side would you have been on, would you have helped in the spreading of the rumors about them?Or perhaps you would have helped them?

Obviously we are not in 1858. But who are the Soubirous in your midst today

Meditate on the whipping of Jesus
” and it was him who was whipped, Jesus your Son”

V. FINDING MY PLACE IN THE CHURCH

The woman imparted a task to Bernadette; go and say to the priests that the people are to come here in procession and build a chapel. The notion of procession is a reminder that we are a pilgrim Church journeying toward the Kingdom. The chapel is a place of assembly , principally for the celebration of Mass.

During your time in Lourdes, you will have taken part in the processions, symbolizing the pilgrim Church and as you gathered for Mass perhaps for either the Sunday or Wednesday International Mass, a community at prayer.

But back at home in my parish, it is not easy. I do not always feel I belong. The parish of Lourdes in 1858 was certainly not perfect. But it was the parish were Bernadette was baptized. It was her faith community and it was in this parish that the Blessed Virgin appeared to Bernadette to bring her massage to the world.

Thought for the day
What do you ask of the church and what can you do to help further the mission of the church

Meditate on the Pentecost:
” and it was him who lived in the Church, Jesus your SON..”

VI. BERNADETTE, WHAT COURAGE

Bernadette had to overcome much on her journey, opposition, skepticism, fear and hostility. This came from many fronts, her parents, the police and other civil authorities, the sisters of the school she attended, the clergy; all opposed her at one stage or another for a variety of reasons. Bernadette weathered it all

What do you think of the words of Peter and John when they where before the Sanhedrin for the first time? “We cannot remind silent of that which we have seen”

Or perhaps like Bernadette the statement is more accurate: I am not responsible for what you believe but only for that that I give witness to

Thought for the day
What I am like when I am called to give witness? Can I have the same traquil courage that Bernadette demonstrated?

Meditate on Jesus before Pilate”
“and it was him who stood before Pilate, Jesus your SON… ”

VII. LOURDES, A FRIENDLY TOWN

Since pilgrimages started coming here, Lourdes has always had an incredible mix of people from all walks of life and different countries and cultures, the young and the old, the town dweller and the rural. It is also a place where the well and the sick person mingle freely among each other

In Lourdes, much is said without words, the smiles, the simple gestures of one helping another, the obvious consideration of others. At the evening tourchlight procession the faces illuminated by the candles show people who are in somewhere in another place walking along side the neighbour realizing that we are all the same.

Based on pamphlet of A novena to Our Lady of continued blessings.

Mary,
You remembered all things
and pondered them in your heart
Help me to do the same

It is you who lived in obscurity in Nazareth
Show me the way to love everyday

It is you who spent company with Jesus
Help me to make more real the experiences of my pilgrimage

I also offer to you in prayer those I met in Lourdes
especially the sick and those with disability

You asked for a chapel to be built
I pray for the community of which I member of

Continue to look on me
You who is the Immaculate Conception
Mother of Mercy. Amen

Becoming like Mary – 7 daily prayers


Maria @ Lourdes

Day One
Becoming humble like Mary

Mother Mary remembered that all that was in her was a gift from GOD. She kept secret, even from her husband, all the celestial favours that she was granted. She told GOD about the praise she received. She took pleasure in helping others and to remind in the background. She didn’t fear scorn; we didn’t see her in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, when the people welcomed her Son with so much praise, but she wasn’t afraid to appear on Calvary where she was recognized as the mother of the condemned man.

Saint Catherine, you kept secret the wonderful grace of having seen the Blessed Virgin. Pray for me when I put myself before others.

Oh Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother, you who dislike pride bathe me with your humility.

And remember….. my special attention
Our father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be

” Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

Day Two
LOVE MARY

Christ gave us this commandment: You will love the LORD GOD with all your heart, and your neighbour as yourself. Mary fully accomplished this double precept. According to St Bernard, the love of Jesus entered Mary’s heart like a spear and pierced it right through, so no part of it reminded untouched by the wound of love. Mary’s heart therefore became fire and flame. Fire because of the love that burned inside her, flame by glowing on the outside through her charity work. When Mary carried Jesus in her arms, we can say that it was ” the fire carrying the fire.

Saint Catherine, may the two hearts on the reverse side of the medal remind me of the love of GOD when my fervour for him diminishes and love for my neighbour when i am filled with too much self love

Oh Mary, Mother of GOD and our Mother, as at Cana, pray to your son for me, tell him ” they have no love” and give me the grace to do charity work like you

And remember … my special intention
Our Father…. Hail Mary.. Glory be

” O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”

Maria @ Roma

Day THREE
Believe like Mary

It is because of her faith that Mary was proclaimed blessed by Elizabeth. In Jesus’ Passion, the disciples were plunged into doubt, only the Holy Virgin remined steady in her faith, said Albert Le Grand. Faith is both a gift and a virtue. It is a gift from GOD, in as much as it is the light with which He fills our soul. It is a virtue in that the soul puts it into practise. A true Christian lives according to his faith. This is how the Blessed Virgin lived.

Saint Catherine, you welcomed with faith the apparitions of the Mother of GOD, pray for me when i am in doubt.

Oh Mary, Mother of GOD and our mother, obtain for me the sight that cintemplates everything by the light of faith

And remember my special intention

Our Father .. Hail Mary … Glory be..

Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

Maria @ Monaco

DAY FOUR
Hope like Mary

Hope is born out of faith. The Blessed Virgin showed how great her trust in God was, first by keeping secret her miraculous motherhood, completely reassured that GOD would defend her innocence, her honour and her life. The same for when she was turned away from the Inn and forced to take shelter in a stable, and again during the flight to a foreign country and especially at the wedding at Cana, where despite her request being turned down by Jesus. Mary is nevertheless sure that her son would grant her the favor she asked for.

Saint Catherine, the mission that was announced to you was filled with obstacles. But your mother gave you advise as to how to negotiate these difficulties and you trusted her. Pray for me, who worries too quickly

Oh Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother, you are after Jesus, all my hope, teach me to trust in God’s Providence.

And remember, … my special intention

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be

Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

Day FIVE
The Chastity of Mary

In Mary, GOD gave us the perfect model of the transparence of God’s love. opening up the way for many others. The evangelistic request for chastity is addressed however to all Christians, no matter what his life. It is a call not to use another for one’s own pleasure. Chastity is a way to live free, respecting another as another, fighting against what in us always dreams of merging, the transgressing of limits which characterises our humanity.

Saint Catherine, all your life you served the poor with great respect, communicating to them the love that GOD has for them. Pray for me in difficult moments.

Oh Mary, Mother of GOD and our Mother, that your name said with confidence, be my recourse when I must renounce the passions of the spirit and of the flesh, so as to let GOD in

And remember …my special intention

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be

Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

PIETA @ Vatican

Day SIX
The Poverty of Mary

On Mary went to the temple not with a lamb, which was the offering of the wealthy, but with two doves, which was the offering of the poor. She accepted to marry Joseph who worked hard with his hands. She went to Egypt to save her child, abandoning her home, family and friends. When the virtue of poverty makes itself felt, what a source of consolation may the poverty of Mary and Joseph be!

Saint Catherine, you gave yourself to GOD to serve the poor. Pray for me when I place money too high on my list of priorities instead of giving priority to GOD.

Oh Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in your magnificent canticle you said “My soul doth glorify the Lord”. Obtain for me the grace that I desire nothing other than GOD

And remember my special intention

Our father.. Hail Mary… Glory Be

Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

Day SEVEN
Obedience and patience of Mary

La Sainte the Blessed Virgin was so attached to GOD that she described herself according to GOD’s will. When the woman from the Gospel called out: ” Blessed is the womb that bore thee!’ , Jesus replied ” Blessed rather are they who listen to GOD’s word and keep it. In this way, Mary is the first disciple of her SON

Saint Catherine, you who patiently persevered in the pursuit of your mission , despite the difficulties pray for me.

Oh Mary, Mother of GOD and our Mother, please obtain for us that we may faithfully obey GOD’s will and bear our crosses in peace and to always love more.

And remember my special intention

Our father.. Hail Mary.. Glory Be

Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

Most Holy Virgin, your prayer was continuous and persevering, design to obtain for me the love of prayer and silence, because GOD loves to speak in the dessert, as He Himself declared through the prophet Osee: I will lead her into solitude and I will speak to her heart.

Angel @ Vatican

— based on the pamphlet of The Chapel of OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL–

Apparition Virgin Mary in Banneux – Penampakan Maria di Banneux


Banneux, the small out country of Belgium, the Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl, named Mariette Beco, 11 years. Banneux it self also known the title of Notra Dame after the resident petition to Our Lady for the protection of their village. Beco family lives outside to the remote spot called La Fange, the domain of the poor. Mariette was the eldest among 7 children.

The apparition took time at the part of hard winter , on somber winter’s evening that symbolized the evil and death. Those events took place between 2 world wars, when dictatorships were striking terror and death throughout the world (NAZY – Jan 30, 1933)
The events were simple and meaningful. Mary also accompanies her into the spring, waving to ger, gliding backwards, waving to her.

There are lots of symbolisms that we can see in this apparition
a. Mariette followed the path of EAST – the sun rose – The Christ. Mary leads her to Christ, for the spring is Christ, the source of eternal life.
b. The walk, two stops means of our discouragements when trial overwhelmed us and faults discouraged us.
c. The 1st Apparition symbolized that we may be in spiritual darkness, but can still welcome Mary and her son. The call is demanding, first of all, one must OPEN one’s heart before one is able to open one’s door; Believe… because Mary left the garden because the lack of faith of the surrounding of the child



First Apparition; Jan 15th 1933.

Mariette looked at the window and saw a light. She went to her mother and said “ I see a lady in the garden” and her mother was amazed to see Mariette pray that she never seen her like that. Her mother came to look and saw a figured, frightened and called out a witch. Mariette wanted to go out, but her mother stopped and locked the window. As she see it again, it disappeared.

Mariette attendance to the catechism class again starts to disturb her chaplain. One is because her attendance, since she was decided not being included to the first Holy Communion due to her irregular attendance on the catechism class. Second, about her vision that he thought it should not be spread about. Thirdly, he was just coming from Beuraing where the Virgin just appeared to ask the sign for re-kindle the faith of his parishioners. Moreover, although Mariette missed 32 session, she answer his question right compared to the all sessions that she had never understood.

2nd Apparition; Jan 18th 1933; 7:00 PM
Mariette was kneeled down in the garden and pray, Her father was thinking and start lo chasing the witch. Mariette then left the garden and walking up the road where the lady was calling her. Twice she fell to her knees, and the third time, she knelt near a pool water coming from a spring.

The lady said “ Push your hand into the water, The spring is resetved for Me, Good night, good bye”, she did what the lady said. That evening, Father Jamin was informed and went to her house. Mariette’s father made a resolution’ tomorrow I’ll go to confession and communion”

3rd Apparition: Jan 19th 1933; 7:00 PM
The lady appeared,
Marriete : who are you, beautiful Lady
Lady : I am the Virgin of the Poor”
Mariette : oh, The Virgin of poor
The lady then led her to the spring, and she asked again
Mariette : Beautiful lady, yesterday you said the spring is reserved for me. Why for me?
She pointed herself and innocently believes that it was for her. The virgin answered,
Lady : The spring is reserved for all nations.
Mariette : For all nations
Lady : To relieve the sick
Mariette : For the sick., thank you thank you.
Lady : I will pray for you – goodbye
Mariette repeated nations the word that she did not understand

4th Apparition; Jan, 20th
At a quarter 7, Mariette woke up, dress and when out in spite of adult disapproval. She kneeled down on the path and prayed
Mariette : Ah, there she is. What do you want, my beautiful lady?
Lady : I would like a small chapel
She stretched out her hands and blessed the child with her right hand. Mariette collapsed and fainted.

Although from Jan 21 – Feb 11 , Mary didn’t showed up and mixed others feeling, Mariette still faithful . Each day at 7PM, she prayed in the garden. She recited 4-7 rosaries.

The apparition in Banneux, - the spring

5th Apparition; Feb 11th
Once more, Mariette was on the road, she knelt twice and dipped her hands into the spring and made the sign of the cross. She suddenly ran into the house and wep. She asked her father the meaning of “to relieve” , because the lady said “ I come to relieve suffering”.

6th Apparition; Feb 15th
Mariette passed her priests to the Virgin.
Mariette : The chaplain asks you for a sign
Lady : Believe in me, I will believe in you. Pray a lot; goodbye.
Mariette prayed and sobbed, her face against the ground. She wept because the Virgin had departed. The Virgin confided a secret to the child

7th Apparition; Feb 20th
Mariette said the rosary, and suddenly she prayed louder and faster, left the garden and knelt twice on the road, again at spring, prayed and wept. – because she left too quickly— Mary told her to pray hard. She did until 10:30.

8th Apparition: March 2nd
With an umbrella, Mariette recited three rosary, and suddenly stopped, remind silent, stretched out her arms, got up, took a step forward and knelt down, sobbed leaning on her elbows. At home, she releaved the message, “ I am the Mother of the Savior, Mother of God. Pray a lot”
The lVirgin had then laid her hands on her and said “Farewell” ; she said to me “Farewell, I will never see her again, the Virgin had only said one word too many.. Farewell

— The painting that made on the Chapel of the Apparition is painted many times from Mariette overview. At first, she said how ugly; that wasn’t the foot she saw; not detailed enough, her hand too wide apart, the neckline to cut out, the belt to short and not blue enough; the light wasn’t like this. Until the fifth paint, she seemed more agreed tho she said that her face is more beautiful.

The Messages:
a. VIRGIN OF THE POOR, she who lived among the poor. With a spirit of poverty; that is to say poor in all things except in the grace of GOD. She asked a small chapel, humble and discreet, a rendezvous for the poor
b. The call to commitment: the time she was asked to push her hand, she did it with commitment, without any doubt. It is also symbolized to claim knowledge of Jesus nor to accept intellectually that he is living among us. It is useless to know who Christ is as long as we don’t set ourselves on the road towards him.
c. A call of Faith : Father Hamin discovered that it needs to be a soul of child who places itself totally in the hand of God, Jesus and Mary
d. The nations and the sick: refers to the words: The spring is reserves for me- because the event had two major world war, and she feels the pain of mankind. Mary desire that the spring be a sources of comfort to all the sick. Jesus and Mary came to relieve suffering with which the world abounds. Some shocked by the prayer that declare our world to be a valley of tears. Beside the God fully creations, we must understand how numerous the miseries and tears in our world are.
e. Mother of the Savior, mother of GOD: The first title regards to the annunciation that she will have a son, name Jesus – God saves; The second title is the title we gie in Hail Mary. Three times, she said PRAY MUCH – refers to the new testament : Watch and pray al times.

About Mariette

She was the eldest of 7 children, who helped a lot in the housework. Loyal and straightforward and does nothing to gain sympathy. She also refused to play the drama. But some of them was skeptics when the 4th apparition ended suddenly, she was maltreated, victim of pressure, suspicions, judicial, unkindness, also accused of being a traitor, but she never betrayed the messages.

As it was said, she was treated as Bernadette Soubirous that become a nun after that, but for her, it was not all suitable. She was indeed so naive that she does not understand the word nation nor to relieve.

She said “ What was not understood was that I was only a postman to whom the Virgin had given a letter, and I had to deliver it and that was the end of that” surely that she wasn’t make up her story.

Based on the book ; Banneux – the Virgin of poor

Pilgrimage of Banneux – Now


The itinerary of the Pilgrim

Banneux

For those who come to Banneux, there is a small pilgrimage to be made inside the Domain. Mary invites us there, and this little pilgrimage is in the image of our lives. Let us see.

Mary tells us: Begin by sitting in front of the little chapel which i desired and which was build on the spot where the child saw me.

Then I will come myself, me, the Virgin of the Poor. I will take one of you by the hand , to make this little pilgrimage of one hundred metres in my spring

The child has trod this path four times before you. It is always the children , who preceed and guide us.

On this pathway, there are three white stones, which indicate the spots where the little visionary knelt each time. She hardly knew why. You, you know why: there are the three times you have fallen on the way of cross of your life. There are all the times that life overwhelmed us, all the times you have fallen, either in your body or in your sould.

On the way to the spring, remember all your past. Do not go pass there three stones. But do not delay there. The spring is much more important.

Push you hands into the water. It is a gesture of humility, of obedience , of confidence and abandonment.

The spring is half way there, As a little further along there is the church; there are the sacraments which are the veritable sources of the resurrection: the living water which will cure you and give eternal life.

-Cardinal Dannels-


Photo : exclusively from friend of me