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fantasiamore 67F
7866 posts
1/8/2018 12:55 pm

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OF DEVOTEES AND FANATICS


Today, during the dawn celebration and festivities for Jesus the Black Nazarene, hundred thousands devotees would have been converging and flocking, at the Basilica of the Black Nazarene, located at the District of Quiaipo, in the City of Manila. The yearly event draws thousands of Catholic, who have been seriously worshiping and following the Black statue image of Jesus. Why? Because it is believed that plentiful miraculous acts are attributed to it and that continued intercessions through prayers are being lodged of what could be impossible, by its believers.

The Black Nazarene statue is taken out from the Basilica, for a few days before its feast day on January 9. It gets enthroned at the Luneta Grandstand to receive visits and be given worship rites. The train of visitors kissing and wiping the feet of the Black Nazarene statue can be described as phenomenal. More so during the processional rite, involving its travel back to the Basilica, where it attracts, a stupendous throng of devotees, coming from all walks of life and incredibly sacrificing physically during the procession.

With all these circumstances, one can only wonder, if the followers can indeed be called devotees? Perhaps, fanatics, too? What could be the difference if I may ask you?



“I hold it true, whatever befall; I it, when I sorrow most.


fantasiamore 67F
10986 posts
1/8/2018 1:02 pm

I have nothing against these followers. Once upon a time I was healed of my unusual allergies during my childhood days through my Mom's intercession and devotion to the Black Nazarene. She and my Dad brought me with them for 9 consecutive first Friday masses at the Basilica. I had kissed too the feet of the statue of Jesus nailed at the cross, in addition the the sleeping Black Nazarene.

“I hold it true, whatever befall; I it, when I sorrow most.


ccdomonic 68M
223 posts
1/12/2018 3:47 am

its a hard line to draw between the two


fantasiamore 67F
10986 posts
1/12/2018 6:25 pm

    Quoting ccdomonic:
    its a hard line to draw between the two
i would agree with you on that one...to me, being devout has something more to do with religion and beliefs...and fanaticism is this over zeal on anything, not necessarily about religion...it could be a person you are superbly in love with, hence the description of fanatic lover, which equates to overzealous lover..or a fanatic basketball player, who indulges so much in basketball playing..

“I hold it true, whatever befall; I it, when I sorrow most.


ccdomonic 68M
223 posts
1/15/2018 5:46 am

i do agree it takes many forms and that itself is not a problem as long as it doesn't harm anyone else
cheers cc


eb1209
28210 posts
1/15/2018 10:21 am

Jane, devotees, I would say, from my point of view are those who inherited the faith from their family as a tradition. Their faith were instilled to them in their young minds and they carry it on as the age. The fanatics, even though their faith is very strong, for me, it connotes a negative impact, and that of having faith in exchange of a miracle...or the reason for the faith is based on an expected miracle or an event/experience believed to be the outcome of a miracle. Devotees are more deep in terms of understanding that no matter what happens in life, God has better plans for mankind. OF course, that is just my own opinion....

Just call me ELZ


fantasiamore 67F
10986 posts
1/15/2018 2:36 pm

    Quoting ccdomonic:
    i do agree it takes many forms and that itself is not a problem as long as it doesn't harm anyone else
    cheers cc
am a fanatic kitchen hep or should i say a frantic one...lol
but a very devout household individual...how's that?
thanks for your comment, appreciate it!

“I hold it true, whatever befall; I it, when I sorrow most.


fantasiamore 67F
10986 posts
1/15/2018 2:40 pm

    Quoting eb1209:
    Jane, devotees, I would say, from my point of view are those who inherited the faith from their family as a tradition. Their faith were instilled to them in their young minds and they carry it on as the age. The fanatics, even though their faith is very strong, for me, it connotes a negative impact, and that of having faith in exchange of a miracle...or the reason for the faith is based on an expected miracle or an event/experience believed to be the outcome of a miracle. Devotees are more deep in terms of understanding that no matter what happens in life, God has better plans for mankind. OF course, that is just my own opinion....
well said elz..being a devotee usually emerges because of family tradition..they stick and carry on the culture they got exposed to..more for those who lived earlier compared to those who came to be born later..

true, fanaticism is more often connoted with the negatives..it is an extreme sense of feeling and thinking that gets overbalanced..it can disturb the rational sense and most times become illogical...

“I hold it true, whatever befall; I it, when I sorrow most.