Crusader Will: Gimme that Old Time Religion

AM+DG

 

True is true, and false is false.

Take me back to the Church of my  youth.

There can be found what’s needed underground,

With the old brought out instead of the new,

And tabernacle veils out in full view,

And I’m all God’s in spirit and truth

Where there’s statues on altars and flowers in bowls,

Thuribles ablaze with smoking coals,

Pretty little bells and holy water shells,

And I’m all God’s in spirit and truth.

 

 

 

 

We trusted our instructors

To maintain their integrity,

But the longer we probe, the stronger has grown

Our sense of futility.

 

My bones shriek out

The juggernaut rout

Of the high-minded lead we once received.

But keep searching on

And see how much has gone

Between the launching of the scam

And the bursting of the dam,

And what scope’s there now for spirit and truth

 

Where women are women and men are men,

With nothing in between beyond our ken,

And nothing untoward from the huckster’s hoard,

And we’re all God’s in spirit and truth,

Spirit and truth, spirit and truth.

 

Pilgrimage Part 8: Medjugorie

Arrival at Medjugorie: Thursday, 9th July.

Our plane from Rome arrived after 6pm. We were picked up by our driver at 6.30pm. It was a 2.5 hour drive from Split to Medjugorje. As we got closer, we saw a huge Cross all lit up on the mountain lighting up the darkness.
One of our group noticed on the way that the clouds were in the formation of God the Father- (just for a minute or two) and then they dissipated.

A surprise was waiting for us.

When we got there, we found a friend waiting for us. He was an elderly, Austrian pilgrim that had come to World Youth Day in Australia in 2008.

At the time, one of our local churches had asked that we pick up 3 or 4 pilgrims each day from the Church Hall in which they slept, take them home for breakfast and a shower and return them by 9am so that they could catch the buses which would take them to the day’s activities.

I had noticed one all alone and asked the church staff about him. They said that, unlike the young ones, he could not speak English. I thought that I could use my very basic child-like German to say “hello”. I then rang my brother who could speak better than I – and that’s where the friendship started! We nicknamed him ‘Moses’ because of his long white hair and beard. There he was, in Medjugorie, waiting for us! He had been waiting for us for 2 or 3 hours.
Another surprise was dinner waiting to be served at 9.15pm! There were also 25 other priests (out of 500) staying at our hotel for a priests’ retreat. One of them had just been ordained a few days before, so we received his special blessing.

Hotel chapel Medjugorie
Altar in hotel chapel with view

The hotel also had a chapel with an altar. The circular window above the altar looked to the skies and to Apparition Hill.

We felt like the blessings had only just begun.

Holy Family Holy Water font at hotel reception
Holy Water font reception
Our Lady of  the Seven Sorrows
Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
Statues Reception Foyer incl St Anthony and Our Lady
Statues Reception Foyer incl St Anthony and Our Lady