Love is a great art. Love excludes wars and longs for dialogue. Love presupposes mercy and sacrifice in freedom; a wish to give one’s own life for one’s brother, not to take his life, and a desire to serve God in the person of one’s neighbour.
Peacemaking is the cross which requires maximum efforts and spiritual courage. True faith consists not only in following spiritual practices or dogmatic principles and liturgical statutes, but in striving for the ultimate goal of every religion, which is the unity between man and God and between human and human in divine love.
When in Minerve, one must visit the tiny Musée Hurepel. Here the story of the Cathars is told through a series of dioramas - very well crafted, if a little gruesome at times (and how could they not be?!). Here, for example, are those poor mutilated Cathars of Bram (1210) - blinded and with their noses and top lips cut off on the orders of Crusade leader Simon de Montfort. They’re en route to Lastours led by the lucky one who had had only one eye gouged out so as to be able to guide the others - the whole procession a warning to others as they travelled.
Also Minerve besieged by de Montfort and his mighty trebuchet (see previous post). This region is steeped in a very violent history!
Minerve - sleepy and charming old Cité in Hérault. But like so many ancient towns in this part of France, its history is far from fairytale - this from Wikipedia:
“In 1210 a group of Cathars sought refuge in the village after the massacre at Béziers during the Albigensian Crusade. The village was besieged by Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester. The attacking army besieged the village for six weeks before it surrendered. Four catapults or trebuchets were set up around the ramparts, three to attack the village itself and the largest, known as Malvoisine or "bad neighbour", to destroy the town's well. With the town's only water supply cut off, the Commander of the 200-strong garrison, Viscount Guilhem of Minerve, gave in and negotiated a surrender in order to have the villagers and himself spared from death. However, 140 Cathars refused to give up their faith and convert, being burned to death at the stake on 22 July.”
😍 * Waking up to this view 👌🏽
* Beautiful roses that cost only 2€ 🙌🏽
* A book and homemade cold brew w/ coconut milk 🙏🏽
* The beauty, peace, and heart opening that is here for receiving from the Divine Mother on these lands🌹
Feeling so at home in this part of France 😍