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Jul 16, 2019

A day of healing and reconciliation

Today we took our pilgrims up the hill to the beautiful Cite St Pierre for the mass of the Anointing of the Sick this morning. If you have experienced this you will know it as an occasion of joy and tears, spirituality at its best, vulnerability and hope.

If you haven’t, I’m sorry that words can’t really describe this beautiful and moving morning.

Blessed with time off in the afternoon to get to the piscine. Now used to the routine after many baths and service in the baths, so more able to absorb the spirituality of the occasion.

The service of reconciliation in the evening is quiet, peaceful and compliments the healing mass in the morning, so we experience the two healing sacraments in one day.

At midnight the pilgrimage heads to the Grotto, which we have more or less to ourselves at that hour, to sing the Ampleforth Lourdes Compline, moving and peaceful at the best of time and very special in the Grotto.

Whilst I can describe the events, I cannot express the deep impact this day has on our assisted pilgrims and helpers alike; its beyond words…

Photo: Sidney Welch (again). Thank you

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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