Sunday, January 7, 2007

Lourdes water. Local Shrine.

Everyone got Saturday's rehearsal off. What a day too - temps in the 70's in January in Boston! Curt, Eliza and I spent time that day out and about, even pondering family and life and death outside the Mapparium of all places. They later focused on their lines as David suggested.

David sent me the following links to various aspects of Catholicism.

The other link is which is the Lasalette shrine in Attleboro, MA. The site explains "Any La Salette story traces its beginnings to September 19, 1846 when the Blessed Mother appeared to two shepherd children at La Salette, a small hamlet in the French Alps. Through the children she gave her message of 'Reconciliation' to the world. She insisted that this message be made known to all her people."

The story of the apparition is at

Other shrines are listed at

To clarify, a shrine has several definitions:
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scrIn, from Latin scrinium case, chest
1 a : a case, box, or receptacle; especially : one in which sacred relics (as the bones of a saint) are deposited b : a place in which devotion is paid to a saint or deity : SANCTUARY c : a niche containing a religious image
2 : a receptacle (as a tomb) for the dead
3 : a place or object hallowed by its associations

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