Hue, Vietnam: 6/15/01/2021, members of Redemptorist Youth Ministry in Hue city (RYM HUE) go on a pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady of La Vang.
They spend the whole day to deepen the relationship with Mother Mary and our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. According to Fr Le Qui Phi, the chaplain of RYM Hue, this is one of the activities to nurture the spiritual life of RYM’s members.
Here is some interesting information about the site of pilgrimage Lavang:
At the end of the 18th century, Emperor Cảnh Thịnh banned Catholicism from Vietnam, initiating a period of fierce persecution. The Virgin Mary appeared to a group of Vietnamese Catholics who had fled to the forest. Our Lady assured them of comfort and the end of the persecution, indicating a herb (“La Vang”) to treat diseases. Even today, the nuns who together with the parish priest are in charge of the pastoral care of the complex, have areas where they grow this miraculous grass.
The cult for Our Lady of La Vang is widespread among Catholics and the faithful of other religions, including Buddhists and Protestants, who pray to the Virgin Mary for special graces and healings.
Phi Le and Duc Trung Vu, C.Ss.R.