Ta’ Pinu is a shrine that heals and embraces – Bishop Mario Grech

Bishop of Gozo Mario Grech said that one should never give up on seeking healing in a church that is open to all and embraces all. Speaking at the Marian Shrine of Ta’ Pinu, Bishop Grech recalled the Marriage at Cana and how the Virgin Mary acted as nurse, alerting the doctor, Jesus, to heal the newly-weds’ broken heart.

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The Church is the soul’s spirit

Bishop Grech delivered his homily at the mass which marked the 400th anniversary of the Madonna Ta’ Pinu painting as well as 136 years since Karmni Grima and Franġisk Portelli’s Marian call at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu in Għarb. The Blessed Virgin spoke to Grima when Portelli’s mother, Ċensa, was miraculously cured.

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Mgr Grech said that in the Basilica, he recognised what The sainted Pope Paul VI had called “the soul’s clinic”, adding that special healing blessings may be received arts recourse to the Virgin Mary. The Bishop of Gozo recalled the similitude made by Pope Francis’ words when he had said that “I think of the Church as a field hospital. The Church is so wounded, and today it is also so wounded by tensions within it”.

Mgr Grech further explained that Ċensa Portelli was the first patient at the Ta’ Pinu as a clinic, and since then thousands have come forward for healing. Bishop Grech explained that the it was the Pope’s words that inspired him to decree a Marian year,  to highlight that Ta’ Pinu as a clinic that welcomes everyone. Sickness, said the Bishop, could be physical, but it could also be a sickness that affects marriages and families, a sickness that affects the younger generation, a sickness that social structures and which withers the economy, confusing philosophers and scientists, as well as affecting the Church and the people negatively.

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Don’t give up on healing

The Bishop of Gozo emphasized that no one should give up on seeking healing, as he reminded that everyone is welcome inside the Church. He invited those in search of a cure, to come forward to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu, and Mary will  intercede on their behalf.