Posts tagged Lourdes

Reasons to be joyful…

I find myself still thinking over our time in Lourdes. It is characteristic of experiences that have profoundly drawn us to God that we need time to ‘unpack’ what has gone on. Almost two weeks since we returned, looking at the whole pilgrimage, the aspect that has stayed with me is that of joy. We […]

Unity, diversity and candlelight: Lourdes 3.

One of the things that hit me in Lourdes was the diversity of the Catholic Church. As we walked around the grotto for the first time, we ran our fingers along the rock. It has been worn smooth by millions of fingertips, all doing what we were doing. Our fingers, the fingers of past pilgrims […]

A Sheep Fold Mass: Lourdes 2.

On our first full day in Lourdes we took the bus up to the Cite Saint-Pierre. Also known as the City of the Poor, it is a place where accommodation and hospitality is offered to those pilgrims who cannot afford to stay in hotels. The cite is set above the main part of Lourdes, on […]

In which I ignore wise advice: Lourdes pilgrimage 1.

Today we returned to Eastbourne after a week in Lourdes. Neil was a chaplain with HCPT Group 154 and we tagged along. At the start of the week one of the adults on the pilgrimage said how, on her first trip, the chaplain had told her she would go home and want to tell everyone […]