The Rector voice
edited by father Emiddio Petringa
To talk about the months of July, August and
September means we’re talking about the entire life of the Sanctuary.
Many pilgrimages take place and many people join them, “feast” days
become unforgettable for however attends the Sanctuary, although everyone
is absorbed by a frenetic lifestyle. Here, at the Sanctuary one may take a
pause to meditate, it is a source for our conscious that finds inspiration
and courage in Our Lady. It is not “religious tourism” but simply the
need to understand ones innerself in
order to choose the right way to undertake. This is what the Sanctuary is
in each pilgrim’s heart. Yet this year’s pilgrimages seemed even more
motivated and they brought an even greater atmosphere of exemplary
spiritual joy. Hopefully things will continue in such a direction.
|We can’t forget those many “special pilgrims”
that live abroad but keep a vivid and praiseworthy emotional
bond with the Sanctuary: they never miss coming to the Sanctuary
when they return to their native place, for many reasons, and in some
special way they feel nearer to their roots here. It is here that they
find new strength and enthusiasm to continue on with their lives. They
open their hearts to Our Lady in “the visit book”: writing about their
lives, their dreams, their hopes, their future projects, their
difficulties and the fact that they miss their home land.
This is the strength of
our Sanctuary, that is capable to resist nowadays typical laicism that
conditions even old traditions, and it is in all this doubt that we
tangibly feel Our Lady’s protection. So we must be thankful to the
pilgrimages that demonstrate such a vivid religious devotion, faithfulness
With this issue you will
find a calendar, we hope it will help you to follow the Sanctuary’s
everyday life and events and to feel part of this spiritual reality, it is
dedicated to all those who bare in heart the devotion for Our Lady of La
It is not a list of one day
after another, but each day is a thought regarding the Sanctuary, about
what goes on and what we have built together, each day embraced by Our
Forthcoming Christmas is an occasion to wish you a “spiritual
revival” which we all need: may the Saviour’s birth be for everyone
the perfect occasion to look upon life with faith, so finally Christmas
can bring “salvation” to us all.
Best wishes to our benefactors, to the contributors, to everyone
that loves the Sanctuary, to those that have found their spiritual rebirth
here, so we may continue to live as God’s and Our Lady’s children.
CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
|drawn by the quarterly bulletin of the
"La Madonna della Civita" July - September 2004 n°
to receivethe bulletin makes
click here or it phones the (+39) 0771 727116 - 721360