BIBIONE (VE) - ITALIA PROVINCE
A HOLY DOOR ON THE BEACH
«We look at the sky, the many stars, but when the morning sun comes, we don’t see the stars. Such is the mercy of God: it is a great light of love, of tenderness». For «God doesn’t forgive with a decree but with a caress». He forgives by «caressing the wounds caused by our sins, because he is involved in forgiveness, is involved in our salvation». This is Jesus’ style as a confessor, the Pope said.
He does not humiliate, He does not ask: «What did you do? When did you do it? How did you do it?
With whom did you do it?». Instead, he tells «Go and sin no more!» God’s mercy is great, Jesus’ mercy is great: forgiving us by caressing us».
These words of Pope Francis explain deeply the spiritual experience that persons live in a touristic city such as Bibione: here one breathes in the healthy air of the sea-side, but also the spiritual atmosphere of mercy. There already exists a consolidated context of prayer, adoration and confession that intertwines well with the year of mercy. The sisters who spend some time at Bibione, and we are lucky to have a community welcoming us for our holidays, have the possibility to go through the Holy Door and to be spiritually re-generated.
The Church of Bibione, particularly hospitable, is situated in the centre of a park and very close to the beach. On 27 May, the Holy Door was opened and will be closed on 7 October 2016.
The stain window of this Door reproduces one of the masterpieces of Rembrandt, «The embrace of the Father»: God consoles, forgives and gives hope.
Every Thursday evening, in the heart of the night (from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., one can make the pilgrimage of mercy marked by three stages: the first near the monument dedicated to Avis Aido (blood donors association) in the park: «No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends» (Jn 15:13); the second near the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the park: «Do whatever he tells you» (ib 2:5); the third is the Holy Door: «I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe» (ib 10:9).
Many sisters participated, together with many pilgrims, in this prayerful experience of mercy by sharing the beneficial fruit of the listening of the Word and the lectio Divina upon the Sunday gospel reading. What strikes mostly is the care with which the parish priest, Fr Andrea, guides and accompanies the pilgrims (and they are always many), who decide to spend a different evening, far away from the noise and the frenzy characteristics of a sea-side city.
Another reason of sharing and joyfulness was added to this experience: on the solemnity of the Assumption, the bishop of Concordia-Pordenone, Mgr Giuseppe Pellegrini, proclaimed that every year, from 1 to 16 August, with the opening of the Holy Door, they can obtain Perdonanza di Bibione (forgiveness of sins - Bibione).
This is a sign that the Church does not get tired to open her merciful arms to embrace every man and to make him strong by the power of forgiveness and of love.
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