Divine Mercy Pilgrimage: Paris to Brussels

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By Father Joel de los Reyes
Divine Mercy Moments

OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL, PARIS, FRANCE

On July 8, 2017, we had morning Mass in the chapel of the Basilica of Lourdes then took the fast and comfortable TGV train for a six-hour ride to Paris. We stayed overnight at Concorde Montparnasse Hotel. After breakfast, we had Mass and city tour of Paris before visiting the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal where the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure lies in state.

On the night of July 18-19, 1830, she received the first visit of the Blessed Virgin. On November 27, she saw Mary’s eyes raised to heaven, presenting the globe of the world to God, surmounted by a small cross and representing the world and each of us. Mary, standing on the globe, had rays fall from her hands representing the graces she showers on those who ask her. She is crushing the serpent and surrounding her head is a Crown of Twelve Stars.

She is the Mother of the Church founded on the twelve Apostles – she is our Mother. The Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary are in the center of the rays of light. Mary was united with Jesus in His Passion.

We had solemn moments of prayer and reflection in the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, to ask our Blessed Mother’s maternal benediction. Then we toured Paris, visited the Arc of Triomphe, built in honor of those who fought for France. We passed through Champs Elysees, one of the most luxurious and famous streets in the world. We had photographs at the Eiffel Tower, the most visited monument in the world. It had a stunning beauty when lighted at night.

OUR LADY OF BEAURAING/OUR LADY OF THE GOLDEN HEART, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

On July 9, 2017, Sunday, we had Mass in Our Lady of Sablon Church, Belgium then in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. The next day, we visited Our Lady of Beauraing shrine, also known as Our Lady of the Golden Heart.

On the evening of November 29, 1932, Fernande aged 15, Gilbert 13, and Albert 11, were going to school run by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine when they saw a lady dressed in white robe near a railroad viaduct. They claim that the lady said, “I am the Immaculate Virgin.” She desired that pilgrims visit the site and asked the children to “pray, pray, pray.” On February 2, 1943, Bishop Andre-Marie Charue authorized devotion to Our Lady of Beauraing.

From there, we shopped for world famous Belgian chocolates and other souvenir items in the city center. Our sojourn in Brussels was very memorable and delightful.

On the flip side, someone said that many books can inform you, only the bible can transform you. Every day is a second chance. Thank the Lord for another day. Isn’t it scary to know that that anytime could be the last time you talk to someone? Keep that in mind.

You never know how strong you are until you had forgiven someone who wasn’t sorry. Always find a reason to laugh. It may not add years to your life, but will surely add life to your years. A true Christian desires to be free from sin, not to sin freely. A good teacher is like a candle. It consumes itself to light the way for others. Tears are prayers, too. They travel to God when we cannot speak. Amen on that folks!

Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace in the world.

In St. Faustina’s Diary no. 687, Jesus said; “Say the Chaplet unceasingly.”