Gratitude journal
three good things

Jul 14, 2019

A real tower

The International Mass was deeply moving as usual, made more so by the privilege of standing next to pilgrims who exuded a faith so strong as to be palpable. I think everyone was stunned, too, by one of our first timers, an Ampleforth M6 girl who stood up in front of the 20,000 or so people in the Basilica and read the second lesson superbly. A credit to her and to Ampleforth.

A privilege  to be able to serve and talk to our APs at lunch today. The dining room is one of my favourite services and rewarding and fun as usual

Traditionally the Pilgrimage attends the Blessed Sacrament Procession on Sunday afternoon. Its a beautiful and awe-inspiring procession, made more so today as our own doctors were selected as witnesses to any miracle that might take place during the blessing of the sick. It was a privilege to be able to push the wheelchair of one of our APs who I have got to know well over the years. And of course its a great time too for chatting on the Prairie whilst we are waiting for the procession to start. With a little time on our hands afterwards, I suggested to my AP that we stay to listen to the recessional music, a combination of organ, trumpets and vocal and something that needs to be heard to be believed. Makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

Held a slightly strange indoor candlelight procession on the doughnut before heading to the Terrace for a beer and to watch the fireworks. The French certainly know how to burn money!  Followed by a Grot Trot at midnight, a wonderful occasion in which to relish the peace and quiet of the Grotto. 

You can’t help but be grateful for being able to be a part of a day like today!

Ada's life philosophy

Life consists of classified things:

  • Real things, infrequent and priceless
  • Things, the routine stuff of life
  • Ghost things (or fogs), life’s disappointments

The rule of three:

  • Three things occurring at the same time form a tower
  • Three things occurring consecutively form a bridge

Real towers and real bridges are the joys of life. A series of towers is extreme rapture and hardly ever happen.

When the joyful and joyless become intermixed the result is ruined towers and broken bridges

(Ada, p 63 Penguin Books 1971)

A Gratitude Journal is just a simple way of
recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to
higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions as well as
a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

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