for people of all religions, opinions, and inclinations
to shrines and apparition sites of Mother Mary in Italy
and Medjugorje, Bosnia, Mexico, and France.
Nowadays many non-Christians see Mother Mary as an
expression of the feminine face of God, another form of
the Great Mother, whom humans have worshipped for 25.000
To Catholics Mother Mary is not a goddess yet more
powerful than any goddess or any saint. She is hailed
as the Mother of God and of all humans, the Queen of Heaven
and Earth, the Queen of Peace, the Queen of the Apostles,
the Queen of the Angels, the Seat of Wisdom, the Spouse
of the Holy Spirit
. The Bible describes her as the
"woman clothed in the sun, with the moon under her
feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars". (Revelation
12,1) She is said to share the throne of Christ and to
have been "divinized", i.e. to have become inseparably
one with God in complete "divine, mystical union",
to have "inherited the kingdom of God" as Paul
would call it. Hence Pope Benedikt XVI called her "divine
mother" at Pope John Paul IIs funeral.
These pilgrimages are not about who is objectively
right, but about who Mary is meant to be for you personally.
And only you can determine that. We can help by taking
you to her holy sites and sharing her public messages
with you, but you will have to find out yourself what
she is saying in your heart.
Throughout the centuries Mother Mary has been appearing
to people across the globe. She started in the year A.D.
40 and never stopped. (See Roy Abraham Vargheses
book "God Sent: A History of the Accredited Apparitions
of Mary") Since 1981 the Mother of God has been appearing
daily in Medjugorje, Bosnia, which is now her most powerful
holy place. There she has been affirming that she is the
Mother of all humans of all faiths and that God is the
King of all Religions. She says that all her children
are equal in the eyes of God and his Mother, and that
we are the ones who like to divide, not God. Hence all
are welcomed to come before her, no matter what their
faith and opinion.
On these pilgrimages we will go
and see what the Queen of Heaven herself has said
about who she is. For example in Rome she appeared
in 1947 as Our Lady of the Revelation, saying: "I
am the one that is of the Divine Trinity: daughter
of the Father, the Mother of the Son, and Spouse
and Temple of the Holy Spirit." (See: Brother
Francis Mary Kalvelage, "Marian Shrines of
Italy". A highly recommendable book in preparation
for this pilgrimage.)
|Our Lady of Revelation dressed
in: Green: The Creative love of the Father;
White: The Saving Love of the Son; Pink: The Sanctifying
Love of the Spirit
We will also discuss what the Blessed Mother has
communicated in other apparitions, whose sites we
will not get to. For example: in Paris in 1830,
she demanded that a medal be crafted and widely
distributed, depicting the cross of Jesus permanently
anchored in her initial M and their two hearts underneath
it, perfectly equal in size.
In Fatima, Portugal, she said: "Tell everybody
that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of
Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart
of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate
Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of
the world to her." (See: "Our Lady of Fatimas
Peace Plan from Heaven" , p.10)
What to expect on these pilgrimages:
You will be on a traveling meditation retreat, a true
pilgrimage, but with the modern comforts of public transportation
and skipping the sack and ashes!
More than studying the power of the Blessed Mother in
the course of Christian history, you will experience it
for yourself through prayer and meditation at her holy
places. You will be encouraged and supported in doing
what she recommends for the sake of the earth and our
own peace and illumination: First, to pray in silence,
word, and song three times a day for one hour each. Second,
to fast on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays or
at least to make some kind of sacrifice and offering on
those days. (e.g. no alcohol, meat or TV) Our Lady often
says that prayer and fasting can stop wars and prevent
natural catastrophes, not to mention the spiritual graces
Dont worry about this. Experience shows that the
rewards of answering her call to fast are so great that
one often looks forward to the next opportunity. If you
do these practices at her sacred shrines and on her holy
mountains, you will surely receive many blessings from
the Queen of Heaven and she will let you know herself
who she is for you. She herself will be your guide.
1. ITALY AND FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Day 1: Leave the United States
Day 2: Arrive at the beautiful,
medieval city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea
Day 3: Explore the fortified
town, pray and meditate in its ancient churches, nurse
your jet leg or swim in the sea.
Day 4: to Medjugorje, where
Our Lady has been appearing daily since 1981. Pray and
meditate on Apparition Hill during sunset.
Sunrise on Apparition Hill
Photo by Elisa Holdener
Moonrise on Cross Mountain
Photo by Larry Landolphi,
taken with camera
attached to telescope
Day 5: In Medjugorje Mother
Marys birthday is celebrated on this day with lots
of singing and dancing in the streets. Join thousands
of pilgrims in the church while Mary appears to the visionaries
in their homes in the village.
Day 6: : Sunrise mass on
Cross Mountain. Free afternoon.
Day 7: early to Split, explore
this Roman and medieval gem of a city. Catch the 10:30
p.m. over night ferry to Ancona, Italy.
Day 8: 7:45 a.m. arrive
in Ancona, on to Loreto, historically the center
of Marian power in Western Europe. Meditate in "the
Holy House of Mary" where the Angel Gabriel
announced Jesus birth to her. Tradition says
it was brought from Nazareth to Loreto on Angels
wings in order to be safeguarded from destruction
by invading Muslim forces.
Black Madonna of Loreto
Day 9: On to Foligno to meditate
at the tomb of Angela of Foligno, perhaps the most enlightened
mystic in Christian history. Then spend two days and nights
in Assisi at holy sites imbued with the blessings of Sts.
Francis and Clare.
Day 10: Hike to the cave-hermitage
(Carceri) where St. Francis went into retreat and/or take
a shorter walk to San Damiano, the convent of St. Clare
and her sisters.
Day 11: : Visit the neighboring
village Santa Maria degli Angeli, where St. Francis died
and consecrated a beautiful, holy chapel as a "door
to heaven". On to Rome; settle into our convent in
the big city.
Day 12: Morning meditation
in Santa Maria en Trastevere, the first church in Rome
to be dedicated to the Madonna in 340 C.E. Midday meditation
in Santa Maria in Aracoeli, which holds one of the most
venerated images of the Romans: a very holy statue of
baby Jesus. From around the corner well have beautiful
views of the Forum Romanum, the central mall of ancient
Rome, with the Colosseum right behind it. Each can explore
according to their desire.
Day 13: Morning meditation
at Tre Fontane, the apparition site of Our Lady of the
Revelation (1947) and at the site of Pauls martyrdom
across the street. Midday meditation at the tomb of another
great mystic, St. Catherine of Siena. Then visit the Pantheon
around the corner.
Our Lady of Revelation
Apparition site in 1947
Day 14: Morning meditation
at Santa Maria Maggiore, (15th century), one of the most
grandiose churches dedicated to Our Lady. (This is where
youll find the mosaic of Jesus and Mary depicted
on our home page.) Visit the Vatican in the afternoon.
Day 15: Return home.
Dates: August 1, 2008
August 15, 2008
Price: about $2,500. Air
fare not included.
Our Lady of Guadalupe-detail
Day 1: Settle into hotel
next to the Basilica de Guadalupe and pay a first visit
to Our Lady.
Day 2: Explore every corner
of Tepeyac, Her sacred hill in Mexico City.
Day 3: See Mexico City.
Day 4: Visit the pyramids
Day 5: Go to Tepotzlan, one
hour South of Mexico City.
Day 6: Visit the local pyramid
and the church of St. Mary Magdalene.
Day 7: Celebrate Mardi Gras.
Day 8: Join the annual Ash
Wednesday pilgrimage of the people of Tepoztlan to Chalma,
a miraculous place holy to Christians and native shamans
alike. Thousands will walk and pray together all day.
Day 9: Return to Mexico City
Day 10: Return home or hit
February 2009, exact dates to be arranged
Price: about $ 1,000. Air
fare not included.
: Mary Magdalene and Black
Left: a French fantasy: Mary Magdalene, the hermitess, dressed
only in her hair
Right: her cave made into a church and monastery
Day 1: Leave the
Arrive in Marseille, visit the Black Madonna in the cathedral,
check into our convent in
for two nights.
Day 3: Beautiful,
easy 40 minute hike to the cave-church
where Mary Magdalene is said to have lived the
last 30 years of
her life. Another 40 minute hike to the top of the cliff,
where a chapel marks the place where
angels used to feed Mary.
Visit the Basilica
of Mary Magdalene in St.
Maximin, where presumably her scull and sarcophagus
are kept. Stop in
Aix-en-Provence to see the
Madonna. Spend the night in the beautiful city
sporting everything from a Roman colosseum to a Christian
5 and 6:
two day festival of the black patron saint of the
Gypsies, Sainte Sarah
in the town
of Saintes Maries de la Mer. One tradition says
she was the Egyptian servant of
Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James,
another that she was a gypsy queen, yet another
that she was the daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
In any case, now she is the Queen of the gypsies
and a Christian saint. Enjoy the beach.
St. Sara la Kali
Visit the Black Madonna of Pézenas
Day 8: arrive
Day 9: Enjoy
Montserrat with its world famous Black Madonna and beautiful
Day 10: day trip to the Black
Madonna of Solsona
Day 11: See Barcelona
Day 12: Return home.
Dates: May 20th - 31, 2009
About 1,700.- if you share a
room with one person. Air fare not included.
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