Mary Magdalene and the Secrets of Languedoc
The eternal title people are fascinated by! Published 19th April 2014
"Mary Magdalene and the Saints of Languedoc - Your Everlasting Yearbook" is not a diary; you can start it any day of the year and keep it forever. (It opens though with the first day of the astrological year in March.) Here's the back and front covers.
Each page offers you an anecdote, or history, or a suggestion, that you can use for holiday information or for spiritual meditation. There's a space for you to write your own experience or thoughts of that day. There's events, places to visits, stories about the Cathars and the Troubadours, country churches with beautiful statues, local personalities to do with the Rennes-le-Château mysteries, the lives of Jesus and his disciples, Roman Gods and Goddesses, the Celts in Languedoc, astrology and much more - a positive cornucopia of knowledge! Some inside pages;
Some stories are a little - shocking? Like Pope Celestine, who was considered not suitable for his position because he gave away too much to the poor! Or like St. Antoine of Padua, that we all love for helping us find lost things, who was rewarded by the church for being "the hammer of the heretics." The heretics were the Cathars so maybe we're not so fond of him after all!
The lives of the saints include many horrific stories of the sexual torture of young women, especially young beautiful women, by angry fathers or husbands, because they would not give up their faith, or refused to be sold in marriage.
Val also discovered that many saints had not even existed; the Roman Church did not want to "let go" of their Pagan goddesses so they turned them into saints! And Val discusses the theory that events at Easter reflected those at Christmas, because Jesus was "the return of the light."
Ideas to take your breath away.
More practically, if you are in the region on holiday, you can go to the myriad markets and festivals held in the villages, explore old churches, or you can climb Canigou or Bugarach, or marvel at the Cathar castles or you can find the beach where Mary Magdalene and Jesus landed when they came to Languedoc and then follow their journey across the Corbières. You can explore your spirituality in quiet woodland glades and you can go swimming in sacred rivers. You can even book an aeroplane to fly over the Cathar castles!
The book, size A5, has 252 pages in colour and black-and-white, illustrated on every page, crammed with 366 stories for every day of the year. There are spaces for you to write your own experiences; 366 of them. And it's fun to look up the entries for all your friend's birthdays.
The book costs 16€25 in the shops of Rennes-le-Château country but prices direct from us are less, and include postage.
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