The Miracle of Weebosch
2011, Netherlands, Wendelien Voogd, 50 min.
The blessing of the horses is the highlight of the still very popular annual Gerard Procession at the Saint Gerard Majella Church in Weebosch. The Miracle of Weebosch follows three teenage equestrians in the lead-up to the procession. Their expectations, insecurities, and love of horses are rendered with tenderness.
The Catholic celebration lives on in the village, but it's not easy for everyone to uphold the tradition in these modern times. Some people are struggling with the question of whether it makes sense to pray, burn a candle, or receive a blessing. Others don't understand why God saves one child but not another. "Pay a visit to Gerard, for the hopeless cases," says the priest to an elderly lady who is at her wits' end because of her physical condition. "You can at least ask him."
About the Speaker
Nathan Schneider is the author of two books, God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. His articles have appeared in publications including Harper's, The Nation, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Catholic Worker. He is also an editor of two online publications, Killing the Buddha and Waging Nonviolence.