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Monday, 13-Nov-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Oddly enough, pilgrimage by proxy

prox·y (prŏk'sē)
n., pl. -ies.

A person who acts as an agent or substitute

A Day In The Life Of: A Rent-a-Pilgrim

By Henrique Almeida, Reuters

LISBON (Reuters) - Any Roman Catholics who have vowed to make the pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal which is famous for religious visions but can't fulfil their promise, help is at hand -- rent-a-pilgrim.

For 2,500 euros (1,671 pounds), Pilgrim Gil will make the journey in your place -- and send you a certificate stamped along the way to prove he walked your every step.

Carlos Gil, 42, who owns a small computer company, took up this mediaeval practice four years ago when he suddenly "felt an urge to walk to Fatima" and said charging each client was simply a way to keep doing what he loves.

"I make the trip to Fatima once or twice a year because it elevates my spirit," said Gil. "Sometimes the trip is so intense that I forget I'm doing it to fulfil my client's promises."

Like a true pilgrim, Gil begins his seven-day journey to Fatima on foot from his home in Cascais, a small town on the outskirts of Lisbon, about 160 kilometres from the shrine. It takes him another six days to walk back.

Fatima's claim to fame is the Sanctuary of Fatima, built after the Virgin Mary was reported to have appeared six times to three shepherd children on a hillside near the town in 1917.

One of the children, Lucia dos Santos, became a nun after having the visions and is said to have foretold the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in May 1981. She died in 2005 while the other two children died in 1919 and 1920.

Pope John Paul later placed one of the bullets that nearly killed him in the crown of the statue of Fatima

Ever year about 3.5 million visitors flock to the shrine to celebrate the Virgin's appearance -- and Gil goes in the place of some of would-be pilgrims although he would not say how many people he walks for each year.

"It is a romantic way for my clients to thank God for what they have, like buying a candle or a plaster statue of Fatima," he said.

To guarantee to his clients that he made the trip on foot, Gil has a system of handing his customers a certificate after every journey with various stamps from places along the way.

"That way they know I kept their promise," he said.

He insists he makes the trips because it makes him feel good and the money he charges is used to compensate for time-off from his company and expenses along the way.

"As long as I'm not making a profit, I don't see a problem in this," he said. "It doesn't matter if you can't make the trip yourself because you are I and I am you, if you know what I mean."

Those who wish to hire Pilgrim Gil can do so through his website peregrino.org, which is translated into three different languages and includes a credit card payment system.

Sunday, 12-Nov-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Can you hear me now?


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An angel watching over us?

For your discernment:

>> http://www.tampabays10.com/video/news/?aid=35032&sid=43336

Tuesday, 31-Oct-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Harris Poll: Declining believers in God, only 58% in US

While Most U.S. Adults Believe in God, Only 58 Percent are 'Absolutely Certain'

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In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins identifies seven "milestones" in the continuum of beliefs regarding God:

1. Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung, "I do not believe, I know.

2. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. De facto theist. "I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in Gd and live my life on the assumption that he is there."

3. Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. Technically agnostic but leaning towards theism. "I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God."

4. Exactly 50 per cent. Completely impartial agnostic. "God's existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable."

5. Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. Technically agnostic but leaning towards atheism. "I don't know whether God exits but I'm inclined to be sceptical."

6. Very low probability, but short of zero. De facto atheist. "I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there."

7. Strong atheist. "I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung "knows"there is one."

Dawkins defines "God" as "a superhuman, supernatural intelligence who deliberately designed and created the universe and everything in it, including us." As for myself, I rate myself a 1: I know.

Where do you stand on this spectrum?

Wednesday, 25-Oct-2006 16:40 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Our Lady's Message: "An Unsually Stern Message"- spiritdaily.com

Message of October 25, 2006:

"Dear children!

Today the Lord permitted me to tell you again that you live in a time of grace. You are not conscious, little children, that God is giving you a great opportunity to convert and to live in peace and love. You are so blind and attached to earthly things and think of earthly life.

God sent me to lead you toward eternal life. I, little children, am not tired, although I see that your hearts are heavy and tired for everything that is a grace and a gift.

Thank you for having responded to my call."


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