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Monday, June 01, 2015

Love without borders - A Moment with Mary




* June 1st – Coronation of the miraculous image of Kevelaer (Germany, 1672) - Saint Justin * Love without borders  ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

June 1st – Coronation of the miraculous image of Kevelaer (Germany, 1672) - Saint Justin

Love without borders



Kevelaer (North Rhine-Westphalia) is one of the most visited religious shrines in Germany. What is striking about the spirituality of Our Lady of Kevelaer is its sobriety: it is not about wonders and signs but about a firm confidence in Mary’s tenderness. The two key words in Kevelaer are confession and trust in the all-merciful Mary.

The Virgin appeared to Hendrik Busman on December 25, 1641. She told him: "I want you to build me a chapel here." That chapel was built from 1643-1645. In 1646, the shrine was entrusted to the Flemish branch of the Oratory of Pierre de BĂ©rulle.

The fact that the provinces of the Lower Rhine remained Catholic when Calvinism was spreading in the rest of Germany (17th c.) is probably due to the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Kevelaer.

During World War II, the shrine was saved by an officer who refused to obey the order to blow it up. In 1948, the Pax Christi International Convention was held in Kevelaer. In 1949, a special lamp was lit to symbolize the unceasing prayer for peace. On May 2, 1987, Saint John Paul II visited the shrine. He said that at Kevelaer borders disappear and we find a common love between peoples. It is the Europe of the faith.

The Mary of Nazareth Team

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