Willem Vandenameele

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Rectangular brick chapel under slate saddle roof. White upper part of blunt façade with the inscription' 18 < > 74' under illegible text and cross; The Chapel was probably built in 1874 to replace the former chapel at least from the second half of the 18th century, on Ferraris map (1771-1778) marked' C (hape)lle de la Vierge'. Round arch with grey brick arch; cross in the middle style of iron fence. Crucifix on a metered altar flanked by plastered statue of Our Lady with Child on the left and Sacred Heart on the right. Round arch in both bevelled inner corners in which left-hand sculpture of Saint Theresa and Saint Antonius, right of St. Joseph.

Theresia from Lisieux was born on January, 2 1873. At the age of ten, she fell seriously ill until the statue of Mary smiled at her bedside on 13 May, after which she cured completely. At a young age, she felt that it was her vocation to serve God; she was exceptionally pious, but was also known for her willpower and sense of humour. She decided to join the order of the Discalced Carmelites in Lisieux (Normandy). Tuberculosis was diagnosed in her in 1896. She died of the disease at the age of 24 and Theresia was beatified on 29 April 1923. Her canonization followed on 17 May 1925. In 1997 Theresia, as a third woman in history, was proclaimed church teacher by Pope John Paul II. A well-known saying of her is:"I want the roses[= blessings] to rain on earth". That's why she is depicted as Carmelites holding a crucifix and roses against the chest. She became the patroness of missionaries and missionary work. She is also patroness of France and Russia.
On the outskirts of the city of Lisieux, an enormous basilica was built in honour of Theresia, which is visited by many pilgrims and tourists.

The holy Antonius is depicted in brown franciscan pipe; with lily (virginity) and a book on which the Christchild sits. The story says that, when he was already seriously weakened, he had been persuaded to have himself cared for on the estate of a friendly Count, Tiso. One evening Tiso saw a very bright light shining through the cracks of Antonius' room. Fearful that there was a fire, he threw the door open. To his amazement he saw Antonius standing there with a radiant child on his arm. The bright light came off from that child. When a little while later everything was normal again, Antonius asked his friend never to talk to someone about it. That was Tiso's promise, but he believed that he had been dismissed from that promise after Antonius' death.
He was from the Portuguese capital Lisbon and seems to have descended from Godfried of Bouillon.
Legend with the donkey:
Antonius lived in the time when Albigenzen heresy had spread widely. The Albigenians denied the deity of Christ. In contrast to a leader of the Albigenians, Antonius chose a very remarkable way to convince the man. He wanted to bet that the ass of the Albenians would show respect to the host where his master did not do that! To start with, the animal was no longer fed for three days. The feeding trough was then filled to the edge. Now Antonius kept the animal as the sacred host. It left his bowl behind what it was and went straight through the knees to show his respect.
To which the heretic indeed converted.

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