Showing posts from April, 2008

Our Lady of the Poor at Banneux, Belgium

4 April 2008, BANNEUX - Let me share with you the joy of being able to fulfill a dream of our parishioners in Western Bicutan, Taguig to see the original place of apparition of our patron, our Lady of the Poor, also known as the Virgin of the Poor at Banneux, Belgium.

The place is almost 2 hours away from Leuven by train and bus, a serene, almost isolated community where our Lady appeared to Mariette Beco, a girl of 11.

I went here on a weekday guided by my friend and fellow Josefino Fr. Rey Raluto. People are not that many as compared with thousands visiting Lourdes. But there is a unique sense of serenity to this place, as we were immersed in a quiet communion with our Lady. In the Chapel of the Apparitions, the pilgrims implore for her guidance and intercession.

Mariette Beco's Home

The culmination of the pilgrim was visiting the "spring" where our Lady told Mariette, "This water is for the sick, for the poor."

For me, to be able to bring the intentions of ou…