October 2, 2018 -- Day 2
“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”
― Hans Urs von Balthasar
We landed in Frankfort, Germany in the rain and were bused to Cologne. We begin our first day in Cologne with a Holy Mass at the local church in Cologne, the Polish Sisters Monastery. The tour guides name is Filip.
Welcome to the IHM Germany and Belgium pilgrimage blog. Going on a pilgrimage is one of the most ancient and traditional means of deepening one's faith. On this journey, we will be praying and enjoying the many sights and experiences of Germany and Belgium. We will visit religious sites where we will have the opportunity to express our devotion to the Blessed Mother. We will celebrate Mass at various cathedrals, monasteries and shrines. We look forward to each other's company as we celebrate our faith and enrich our understanding and appreciation of these special places with Mary, the Mother of God, and with Christ's disciples. Each day will be steeped in prayer, especially reflections upon the Gospel texts appropriate to each place we visit. Each day we will celebrate Christ’s gift to us on the night before He died, the Holy Eucharist. As we journey to these far-away lands, we will keep you in prayer and ask that you pray for us as well, for a safe and gra…
October 1, 2018 -- Day 1
23 Pilgrims depart for Germany.
May God bless Amy Lucero and Dcn John Sutton for all their help and guidance with this blog. I would be lost without them.
“To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history.“To go
on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed
himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendour and produced rich fruits of conversion and
holiness among those who believe. –Benedict XVI
A Prayer for World Peace
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be
understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to
be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to
overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated
from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead…