Pilgrimage

A wonder-filled pilgrimage to Basse-Wavre

Pilgrimage to Basse-Wavre

As we were about to depart Leuven on Saturday morning May 11th for our fourth pilgrimage to Basse-Wavre, the weather did not look promising at all. Also the preceding days it had rained a lot.

Departure from Leuven

Despite this, thirty-three people assembled at Sint-Kwinten’s church, and we departed around 7:45, under grey skies, and yet with a lot of hope and confidence that it was going to be a beautiful day.
 
departure under gray sky
 
Our group, consisting of participants of varied nationalities and ages, really started our pilgrimage when we entered Heverlee woods and began praying the rosary for many different intentions.
 
Pilgrims
 
The megaphone, which had brand new batteries, would not do its job until someone suggested that Father Bosco should bless it; and indeed immediately afterwards it worked properly. This was the first small miracle of our pilgrimage.
 
Kids using the megaphone
 
For the first time without a professional guide but under the expert guidance of Annemie, who had walked the trail the preceding Monday, we traveled through field and forest. Last year with the guide we lost our way, while this year we reached Basse-Wavre without any problems. And this was the second little wonder of our pilgrimage.
 
Annemie the guide
 
The slippery trails and ample mud along the way did not deter anyone from walking on courageously and happily.
 
Slippery trail
 
There were conversations, prayers, silent stretches, and above all the beautiful nature to be admired.
 
Admiring the beautiful nature
 
Conversations and nature admiration
 
 
 
And most surely we did admire God’s creation, as wondrously the sun began to shine, sometimes even exuberantly.
 
 
God's creation
 
The day’s weather forecast was anything but favorable, and yet the sun continued to shine brightly during the afternoon. This was the third little miracle of our pilgrimage.
 

God's creation

 

Thankfully, no one fell along the way, and everyone arrived safely in Basse-Wavre, where we prayed and walked on toward the basilica.

 
Arrival
 
The basilica
 
As we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the reception committee, who offered us drinks and something to eat.
 
Welcoming
 
Then we entered the basilica, where we were told the story of Basse-Wavre and were able to entrust all our intentions to Mary by going under the reliquary three times, as tradition dictates.
 
Dean Dirk De Gendt, together with Fr Bosco and all those present, celebrated the Eucharist in honor of Our Lady.
 
Eucharist celebration with Dean Dirk De Gendt and Fr Bosco
 
In spite of the fatigue, all sang the songs with great enthusiasm.
 
Eucharist
 
At the end of the celebration, during the singing of the Regina Coeli, the dean offered, as usual, a bouquet of flowers to Our Lady of Basse-Wavre in the name of the pastoral zone ‘Leuven aan de Dijle’.
 
the dean offering,  a bouquet of flowers to Our Lady of Basse-Wavre in the name of the pastoral zone Leuven aan de Dijle
 
Returning back to Leuven was no problem either, as everyone was able to get a ride in a car, and that was the fourth little wonder of our wonder-filled pilgrimage.
 
It was a small group this year that, with much courage and devotion, carried to Our Lady the intentions of many people. And so we can only be deeply grateful for this glorious day during which we were able to personally experience peace and unity among ourselves.
 
Return
 
Our Lady of Peace and Concord, pray for us.
 
Lady of Peace and Concord