Gratitude journal
three good things

Jun 7, 2019

Heading South

Grateful for the wonders of modern tech, which got me an Uber in less than a minute to get me to St Pancras with plenty of time to spare, even more as we were whisked through Eurostar check in and security in record time.

Grateful too to the anonymous individual who published a comprehensive guide and tips on getting from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse, which got me there in record time with 45 mins to spare.

So wonderful to be back in Lourdes, now like a second home, and to reconnect with old friends and to meet new people all with the same passion for Lourdes and its compassionate and loving nature. Grateful to Our Lady, The Queen of Peace for all that she gives in Lourdes. Not all our group are here yet and those that are met for supper in the Brancs this evening; a good catch up and update on what’s going  on.

We hear that his Holiness Pope Francis has today taken over direct control of the Sanctuary from the Bishop of Tarbes et Lourdes. We wonder if this is with a view to rebuilding Lourdes as one of the Catholic Churche’s prime shrines and returning it to the inclusive place it always was. Worrying to see the place looking a little empty and we hope and pray that this move will reverse a trend of declining visitors to the shrine.

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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