Berikut adalah pesan pesan dan informasi dari Kapel Bunda Maria – Medali Wasiat
Medali Wasiat adalah gambaran medali yang diminta oleh Bunda Maria kepada St Catharine – Paris, dimana beliau mendapat pada saat penampakan BUnda Maria di Kapel dimana ia menjadi Suster disana.
1. Lukisan di atas altar, mengingatkan kita pada Malam Hari, tanggal 18 – 19 Juli 1830, dimana Sr Catherine Laboure menerima kunjungan pertama dari Perawan – Maria
2. Patung Maria di kanan, – Empat bulan kemudian , 27 Nov, Suster Catherine dalam keheningan doanya, ia melihat Perawan iru, matanya memandang ke langit, Ia mempersembahkan BOLA DUNIA itu kepada Allah, di atasnya ada SALIB kecil yang menyatakan dunia seluruhnya, semua manusia dan masing masing dari kita…
3. Patung Maria di Altar, Maria berdiri di atas bulatan itu. SINAR SINARitu keluar dari tangannya, sinar sinar itu menyatakan Rahmat-rahmat yang dilimpahkan Maria kepada mereka yang memohon kepadanya.
Ia menginjak ULAR, simbol dari kejahatan
Di sekeliling kepalanya terdapat MAHKOTA DUA BELAS BINTANG, Ia adalah Bunda Gereja, yang dibangun di atas kedua belas Rasul dan ia adalah BUNDA KITA
KEDUA HATI YESUS DAN MARIA yang bersinar Maria telah bersatu dengan Yesus dalam Penderitaannya.
Ia sekarang membagikan Kemuliaannya di Surga dan menjadi pengantara bagi kita, yang sedang berjiarah di atas bumi ini.
4. TULISAN LENGKUNGAN , tertulis sebuah DOA yang Maria anjurkan kepada kita supaya mengucapkannya ” O Maria semula jadi tak bercela , doakanlah kami yang berlindung kepadamu,
5 TULISAN LENGKUNGAN LUAR adalah UNDANGAN yang ditujukan kepada kita : Datanglah ke kaki altar ini , maka semua Rahmat akan dilimpahkan kepada semuanya”
6. Jasad St. Catherine Laboure di sisi kanan, Sr Catherine telah menghabiskan masa hidupnya di Reuilly selama 46 tahun, dalam kerendahan hati ia melayani orang orang tua.
Ia meninggal tahun 1876, dan dimakamkan di dalam rumah di Reuilly. Dalam tahun 1933, tubuhnya ditempatkan dalam peti relikwi ini. Bajunya adalah baju yang dipakai pleh Puteri Kasih sampai tahun 1964
7. Jasad St Louisa De Marillac, Bersama dengan St Vincentius de Paul telah mendirikan perkumpulan Puteri PUteri Kasih. Mozaik yang berada di atas peti relikwi dan Salib yang ditempatkan di bawah altar itu menyatakan devosinya yang amat besar terhadap Roh Kudus dan akan penderitaan serta kesengsaraan Kristus. Sebuah kalimat yang ditulis dengan huruf emas mengulang nasehatnya yang terakhir kepada Puteri Puteri Kasih ” Perhatikanlah sungguh sungguh pelayanan kepada para Miskin dan terutama hiduplah bersama dalam persatuan erat dan penuh keramahan, cintailah satu terhadap yang lain untuk meniru persatuan dan kehidupan Tuhan kita. Berdoalah sungguh sungguh kepada Santa Perawan agar ia menjadi SATU SATUNYA BUNDAMU“
8. PLAKAT PERINGATAN KUNJUNGAN : dari Bapa Suci Yohannes Paulus II, 31 Mei 80
9. Di sebelah kanan dan kiri altar terdapat 2 perhiasan dari batu marmer yan gberbentuk bulat, mengingatkan kita pada martir Puteri Kasih dari Arras dan dari Angers pada waktu revolusi
10. St Vincentius De Paul ; Di sekeliling patung St Vincentius de Paul ini ada nyala api yang membara. Ini melambangkan CINTA KASIH YANG MEMBARA DALA M HATINYA. Ia mewartakan Kabar Gembira Yesus kepada semua orang. Ia tidak puas dengan mengatakan saja, Ia menunjukkan dengan contoh-contoh. kita telah melihatnya disini dengan anak anak yang dikumpulkan nya dari jalan jalan di Paris abad ke 17.
Ia melibatkan banyak orang, laki laki dan wanita, di jalan CINTA KASIH itu, dan mendirikan secra khusus Konggregasi Missi dan Puteri puteri kasih.
Bagian muka medali itu
” Oh Maria semula jadi tak bercela….”
* Sebuah salib
* Huruf M dan kedua hati simbol dari cinta
* Kedua belas bintang, simbol dari tugas kerasulan
Medali ini mengingatkan kita tentang misteri penyelamatan : Inkarnasi dan penebusan
Ia merupakan suatu panggilan untuk berjanji mengikuti Kristus yang adalah : Jalan _ Kebenaran – Kehidupan
There is a custom that is applied to all pilgrim who come to Lourdes, as Bernadette used to act after the Virgin Mary asked her to do so.
These comes from the slip that I had from the Lourdes bath
“COME TO THE SPRING , DRINK AND WASH YOURSELF THERE”
YOU come to the bath at LOURDES to bathe in the water of the Spring that lay under the earth on the left hand side of the ROCK as you face the Grotto, the Spring Mary made known to Bernadette
It was on the 25th of February 1858, during the 9th Apparition, that Bernadette heard the Lady say: ” Would you mind going down on your knees…kissing the ground…eating the grass that is there… FOR SINNERS? – GO DRINK AT THE SPRING AND WASH YOURSELF THERE”
Bernadette carried out these actions but with difficulties. For the ground was dirty, the grass bitter and the water repugnant. The onlookers who, up to that day, had been enthusiastic, were now shocked, scandalized and disgusted. Bernadette was slapped, insulted and led before the Public Prosecutor…
On this dramatic day, which reminds us of Good Friday, Bernadette calmly explained that she had done all these things FOR SINNERS
And from that day onwards, a prayer full of serious concern and compassion characterized her life. She had discovered this world of “the poor sinner, our brother, whom the Blessed Virgin had pointed to saying” PENANCE, PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS”
Mary had been so sad that day that Bernadette wept.
The Gospel of the Mass on that particular day carried the story of Jesus crucified, pierced by the soldier’s lance and from whom flowed “BLOOD and WATER”
Hence, it is here in this perspective that we are given the deeper meaning of the symbolism of the LOURDES WATER
a. Water as a sign of the LOVE of Christ who gives his life “for sinners”
b. Water as a sign of Baptism that has given us life as the children of GOD
c. Water as a sign of Sacrament of Penance, in which GOD offers us forgiveness, purification, Reconciliation
It is because of our need to be reborn, forgiven, purified, reconciled.. that we come to this WATER. We come in memory of what Jesus said “IF ANYONE IS THIRSTY LET HIM COME TO ME AND DRINK”
The water, that I shall give you will become a spring welling up to external life.
In there words, Jesus pointed to the Spirit that those who believed in Him would receive (Gospel of John , chapter 4 and 7)
Let us reflect on this in prayer
In calmness, with faith, humility, charity and trust. Then we will grasp the deeper meaning of the water and will have no need to attribute other powers to it.
God gives HIS grace freely, out of love. Do not think that performing a great number of religious acts gives us rights over GOD. He freely offers us peace of heart, and if He judges it to be good for us, the easing of our sufferings.
GOD our father
It is through Mary, the most pure Virgin
that your SON has come to us
the source of LIving Water
Help us to answer HIS call
in coming to purify ourselves
at the Source of grace pouring from his heart
and of which this water is a sign and reminder
so that there may live in us the new creature
that we became in Baptism
The act of drinking and washing with the water of the Grotto, should be accompanied by the Way of Cross, Confession and Communion
At the Lourdes, usually we did several things such as celebrating the candle procession. In these procession, we usually feel a very tight relations one to another, we sang AVE MARIA and pray HAIL MARY in all languages, even in Indonesian.
People walk around the garden from the side of the basilica… and go back to the Basilica of Rosary , reciting rosary and Ave Maria. The atmosphere is full of pray and joy.
on the earlier , you can attend the Adoration At Saint Paul.
..To do the way of cross , we could feel how big HIS love to us…
Lourdes, France is actually a small city far away from Paris, but laid there a great castle to defend the valley with a great history within. In this city lived a young girl named Bernadette that was being visited by The Virgin Mary. an fourteen years old girl, daughter of Francois Soubirous and Louis Casterot who were not attending any school or catechism. She also live with asthma and TBC that made her left the world in a young age.
Born on Jan 7, 1844 at Lourdes; sent away to be fostered to Batres because her mother cannot feed her, in November 1844, then returned back to Lourdes on April 1846.
In 1855, Bernadette had a cholera, however by the simple medication she had, it cured but begin to face asthma after that. After her grandmother died on October 22, 1855, her family inherited some money, but.. it wasn’t make her family’s business going up, but the family situation became worst after the failure of her father business in a mill… so that all the family return to Lourdes and lived at the cachot (which was a prison, only one humid and unhealthy room)
on September 1857, Bernadette was called back to Bartres, but living there also was a hard time for her, because of the hard work, solitude, humiliation. A good preparation for the apparition. in 1858, she returned to Lourdes, compare to the Bartres, she enjoyed being with her family although she has to fave the small room and poverty.
TUESDAY, Feb 11, 1858 : First Apparition at Massabielle Grotto
First, Bernadette, her sister Toinette and friend Jeanne Abadie was collecting sticks for firewoods and bones to sell. The water in front of the grotto was too cold to across, but those girl refused Bernadette wish to help her for crossing the water without taking off her shoes. When she tried to open the shoes, she heard the sound. She looked up the grotto and saw a lady dressed in white. She wore a white dress, blue sash and a yellow rose on each of her feet.The link of rosary were also yellow.
The vision made a sign of the cross, but her hand was trembling to do so. She finally recite a rosary, The apparation let her rosary beads slip through her fingers without moving her lips, and when the beads was finished, the vision suddenly disappeared . Bernadette told those girls when they came back from gathering the woods.
SATURDAY, Feb 13, 1858 :
Bernadette come to the Father Pomian, by her mother and hospice nun’s advise to tell him about what was happen in Massabielle. She said ” I saw something white that seemed to be a lady- I had heard nothing of the happening and attributed very little importance to it. When he said to the parish priest, he said we must wait
SUNDAY, FEB, 14, 1858 : The second Apparition
The second time was following sunday. She was forbidden at first because her mother was afraid that she might fell off the river, but finally she was allowed to go
The apparition happends between midday and 2o’clock. Bernadette sprinkles the lady with the holy water. telling her to remain if she came from GOD. The lady smiles.
Bernaddette was on extacy with her wide eyes gaze fixed the grotto, Antoine Nicolau lifted her to his mill until she was conscious.
THURSDAY, FEB 18, 1858 : The third Apparition
Bernadette came to the grotto, accompanied by some reliable persons. They asked to let the Lady write the purpose of her apparitions. And Bernadette put the ink, paper and pen to ask her to write down her name and what is it that you wish from me. The lady rejected to write. She said ” Would you please return here for the next fifteen days? I cannot promise you happiness in this world, but in the next
The conversation was distinguished by two things : first : The apparition spoke to Bernadette in Dialect of Lourdes. Secondly, the apparition addresses her as “THOU” and uses the expression “please”. A differential gesture to which Bernadette is unaccustomed. That impressed her ” I was really amazed. Noone has ever address me as thou nor requested something, please”
FRIDAY, FEB 19, 1858: 4rth Apparition
Bernadette was accompanied by 10 people at the grotto. It was in the early hour of the morning. The apparition was brief, silent without messages. Everything happen in a state of ecstasy, meditation, prayer. And she carries a blessed candle to ward off evil. Bernadette leave it burning as a sign of homage and gratitude.
Leaving lighted candle in front of the Grotto is a custom that was inspired by this gesture; Nowadays, Bernadette’s candle is symbolized by the great cone shaped candelabra that burns continuously in front of the grotto, representing the the candles brought by pilgrims in offering.
FEBRUARY 20, 1858 : The 5th Apparition
Bernadette was accompanied by 30 other people , around six in the morning. Its silent-meditative apparition, but all of them returned home with feeling of touched and amazed by the extraordinary atmosphere of peace they all absorbed at the grotto.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARy 21, 1958: The 6th Apparition
It was early hour, Bernadette was there with about a hundred people. Police force also there to check. The apparition follows the same pattern of recitation of the rosary, ecstasy and silent mediation.
FEB 21 and 24, 1958 Bernadette is being questioned by Chief Police Jacomet and Imperial Prosecutor Vital Dutour. She said ” I no longer seem to belong to this world. When she disappeared, I’m astonished to find myself still here” And Bernadette was not allowed to go to the grotto again
MISSED APPARITION : Feb 22, 1858
Bernadette obeys the instruction and was not go to the grotto as her father promised the police so that he will not go to the prison again. At the afternoon, she cannot help to go to the grotto. The apparition fails to keep the appointment, when returning home, she will sadly comment “ I don’t know what it was that I did to cause the Lady not to appear.
FEB 23,1858 : 7th Apparition
Rebelling the bans, Bernadette went to the Grotto. The apparition took place early in the morning, and the esctacy last until 1 hour. There are more than a hundred person went there. The important man came to this apparition, sent by the parish priest Peyramale to check on what might happen in the grotto. Attorney Dufo, future mayor of Lourdes and Dr Dozous, medical doctor and atheist scientist. The doctor was there to check on Bernadette in the name of science and medicine. When returning home, he was badly shaken as far as his disbelief is concerned, becomes a convert and be a key witnesses to the happening of Massabielle.
Bernadette said that she got 3 secrets that concern her alone, and cannot be said to anyone and taken these to her tomb.
WEDNESDAY, FEB 24, 1858 : 8th Apparition
The lady said on the second time, asking for prayers and penitence. 200-300 people are present.
The lady said PENITENCE, Pray for the sinners, she asked Bernadette to approach the lower part of the grotto on her knees, kissed the earth as a sign of penitence for sinners and to ear the grass growing below the grotto. After that Bernadette always repeat the same act of penitence.
FEB 25, 1858 : 9th Apparition
About 300 people attend to the grotto; the apparition took place around 5 in the morning.
The lady said, “Go to the spring, drink and wash yourself. Since Bernadette could not see the spring, she went to the river, but the lady called back and pointed a spot below the grotto to the left. She started to dig until the water flows, and drank it three times. Since the water was too muddy, she throws it away. The fourth time, Bernadette successfully drink and wash herself. She also told to eat the grass that grows near the spring. Then the apparition disappeared and she left. The attendants there were disappointed for long at the Bernadette face full of mud, they feel tricked.
These messages concerned about purification and spiritual uplifting. She was scolded by her aunt, but she said, “Let them think and say whatever they wished. I did all those things on the Lady’s request, as a sign of penitence and for sinners”. At the evening, she had to face the interrogations for two hours and convinced that she was not lying by her consistence answers.
SATURDAY, FEB 27th, 1858: the 10th Apparition
On Friday, there were no apparition, she was there bitterly said that she must have done something that makes the lady upset. However, early in the morning, she returned to the grotto with 800 people gathered there. The apparition taking place in silent and Antonie Clarens was present from a far to see the following happen.
FEB 28, 1858: the 11th Apparition
It occurs around 7 in the morning in presence of 1,150 person. The commander said about the apparition, that the apparition attracting a large number of people. however, since she said that March 4th will be a special appointment, it would encouraging a great crowd to gather. And, this day was also the third times, she was interrogated.
MARCH 1st, 1858 : 12th Apparition
Took place at 7 in the morning. more than 1450 people gathered on the grotto. The Bishop was announce a religious order to go to the grotto., but monsignor Laurence was causing sensation. In this apparition, Catherine Latapie from Lubajac whom received the first healing from the spring.
MARCH 2nd, 1858: 13th Apparition
The lady said ” Please go to the priests and tell them to have a chapel built here”. But when Bernadette said that, the priest asked Bernadette to ask the lady’s name. And Bernadette was forgotten to ask the procession. At the evening she was back to ask what the lady asked her. Although the priest gave her a condition, she was released because she has already spoke what the lady wants.
MARCH 3rd, 1858 : 14th Apparition
The grotto of Massabielle was attended by about 4000 of people, but the lady was not appeared. The mass became very disappointing. It was the third times, the lady was misses the appointment. In the afternoon, she returned to the grotto, taking out her rosary, aware of the apparition and returned home happily. Bernadette returned to priest for the third time, and he welcomed her more calmly. The police was investigate the grotto to be aware for the March 4th.
MARCH 4th, 1858 : 15th Apparition
The report said, about 10,000 people was waiting, peaceful and absorbed. At the second decade of Rosary, she looks in ecstasy. She repeated the question about the apparition’s identity. Again a smile without answering, and it lasted about 50 minutes. The crowd was disappoint since there is nothing miraculously happen. Bernadette again returned to the parish to repeat the wish of the lady, however Peyramale insist on knowing the lady’s ID.
March 5-24 : during the interval she has to face all the attacks from the press, interrogation from the police.
March 25, 1858 : 16 Apparition
It was 5 in the morning, that Bernadette urged to come to the grotto. Finally, Bernadette begged the Lady. ” Lady would you be so kind as to tell me who you are? . But as before, the lady smiled with no reply, and for the third time Bernadette asked the same question, the lady joins her hands, folded them over her heart and gazed the sky. Finally opening them outwards, as on the miraculous medal, and bending towards me, she said ” I am the Immaculate Conception”.
She in rush came to the parish and said ” Reverend Father, the lady told me : I am the immaculate conception” The priest was so shocked , but Bernadette said that she remembered it without knowing the meaning of it. Bernadette was quite dissapointed since the priest didn’t want to let her know what is the meaning. As a matter of fact, he was quite shock.
APRIL 7, 1858; 17th Apparition
The apparition took place around 5 in the morning, with no conversation. The miracle of the candle” happened during this apparition. it was happened when Bernadette prayed rosary in her left hand and on the left hand she held a large burning blessed candle. She burned the fingers,although the fire was quite strong, it was not effect her skin. After the apparition, the Doctor came to check her hands. there are no sign of a burn.
June 3, 1858 : Bernadette first communion
June 10, 1858 : The Grotto was banned by Mayor of Lourdes
July 16th, 1858: 18th apparition
This apparition was never mentioned. It might be that Bernadette feel that this apparition was exclusively personal. During the afternoon, she got the irresistible urge, but she was confuse since it was forbidden. Bernadette and her aunt go from other direction.
It was sunset, then when recite Hail Mary, Bernadette joined hands fall with a rapid movement for ecstasy.The lady said nothing, but she saw her clearly, and she never have been seen the lady as beautiful. And it was the last time she saw her.
July 28, 1858 : Monsignor Laurence, Bishop of Lourdes began the investigation
Okt 5, 1858 : The ban was raised by the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III
Jan 18, 1962 : Monsignor Laurence recognize that the apparition is truthful and supra-natural nature
Apr 4, 1864 : Blessing of the Immaculate Conception statue at the Grotto.
May 19, 1866: The Crypts inauguration, the crypts is the temporary response on the wish of the virgin. ” I want a sanctuary to be build here” The final is Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
July 7, 1866: Bernadette enter the Sisters of Charity convent in Nevers, although in Nerves she also repeat the nostalgia ” The grotto was my sky”. She also finds difficulties in adapting with other sister there and facing lots of humiliations.
Oct 30, 1867: Bernadette makes her repeated religious Profession after the first she had was by the telephone, because of her sickness.
August28,1872: First torchlight procession at the grotto of the apparition
July 2, 1876 : Consecration of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Sept 22, 1878: Bernadette makes her perpetual voes in the convents chapel, and since December she cannot move, she murmured ” Ive been ground like a grain of wheat. I would never have imagined so much suffering (this summary of her life suffering). MY passion will endue till death . I’m happier on my bed of sorrow than a queen on her throne”
April 16, 1879 : Bernadette was attacked many times by her asthma, she moved to wheel chair to facilitate her breathing and died at 3 PM at 35 years old. He whole life message summed up on the paper found in her room ” To obey is to love! Suffering in silence for Christ is joy! Loving sincerely is giving everything. Above all, suffering
Oct 6, 1901 : Inauguration of the Rosary Basilica
Sept 22, 1909 : First identification of Bernadette body for the canonical beatification process. it was found in preservation
Sept 14, 1912: Inauguration of the way of cross around the hill of Lourdes
April 3, 1919 : Second identification
April 18, 1925 : Third identification
June 14, 1925 : Pope Pius XI proclaims the BEATIFICATION of Bernadette
July 18, 1925 : The body of Bernadette laid on a bronze and glass plate casket, placed in Nevers
Dec 8, 1933 : Pope Pius XI proclaims Bernadette SANCTITY
Feb 11,1958 : Consecration and Inauguration of the Basilica of Saint Pius X
March 25, 1988 : Inauguration the Saint Bernadette Center of Worship, the 5th church
1995 : Inauguration of the Adoration chapel next to it