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For the Preservation of the Deposit of the Faith
For the Kingdom of God to come!
A thirty-six year old woman lived in a hamlet in the large municipality of Beveren, in the country of Waes. Her name was Marie-Louise Keppens. For sixteen years she had been suffering from terrible neuralgic pains, which made it impossible for her to move and to go to church. Three doctors had declared the disease incurable. The poor girl, abandoned by the men of art, thought of going on pilgrimage to Ghent to invoke Our Lady of the Rosary in the Dominican church. In vain they tried to dissuade her, and she had to be led before the statue venerated in that city. During the salute, Marie Keppens recited her rosary piously. Suddenly she felt a strange chill, and she said to her sister, “I think I am cured.” Her sister motioned for her to remain silent, and it was as she left the church that her healing was noted. She began to walk on her own, and made the journey on foot to the Waes station, half a mile away. This was at the beginning of October 1885. Several newspapers reported the fact. The inhabitants of Beveren, struck by the prodigy, made a pilgrimage of thanksgiving at the end of the month to the same shrine, where Marie Keppens went again, to thank her heavenly benefactress. Needless to say, the recitation of the rosary is the favorite exercise of these pilgrimages.
Pilgrims that we are here below, in this valley of tears, let us advance each day towards the Jerusalem of heaven, reciting on our way the most holy Rosary of Mary.