Saturday, 16 June 2018

Pilgrimage to Scherpenheuvel

written by John Oostdyk

Where are we going?

Pilgrimage to Scherpenheuvel
We are on a journey to discover our common faith heritage.

Youth from the Bisdom of Antwerp and from Atlantic Bridge walk together on the road to Scherpenheuvel.

It was just a small group, but that did not lessen the value. We walked and talked together about our faith, stopped several times on the way to dig into part of scripture, and eventually joined a thousand other pilgrims at this special place where a miracle had taken place about Mary, the mother of our Lord. 

For centuries the topic of Mary was an almost exclusive Roman Catholic thing. Protestants avoided the topic because of the idea that it is Christ we worship, not Mary. Yet a Protestant theologian from the Taize Community, Max Thurian, opened the door for discussion and for us to find out why the Roman Catholic church has such a great emphasis on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Is it true what Protestants say? This was at the heart of this experience. 

Max Thurian was bron in 1921, so he is not the youngest of theologians. He wrote a book called "Mary, the mother of God".