I spend two weeks each year in Lourdes when I am able. These weeks are the most important weeks of my life. The first week in June is a Pilgrimage of Service, spent working with the Hospitalité and helping to run the Sanctuary. The second week in July is a Pilgrimage of Healing for around 300 people, including around 50 assisted pilgrims we look after.
Lourdes is difficult to explain. Most pilgrims respond when asked by telling people they should go and see. However, in these posts, I have tried to give some idea of Lourdes’s spirituality, friendship and power. I have also reviewed Ruth Harris’ book, Lourdes, and Marina Warner’s “Alone of All Her Sex: The myth and the cult of the Virgin Mary”, which make for excellent further reading.
With a few days left of the holidays, here is one more item of holiday reading. The Flow contains fundamental insights into human nature.
The two most common questions I am asked about Lourdes are why do I go and what do I do. I've discovered
the answers in recent weeks.
I am grateful to Rev'd Sue Binks for giving me the opportunity to talk about Lourdes at the Spa Church today, even if it was a challenge!
Asking for help can be challenging, but someone willing and able to make a difference will respond when you call out their name.
When you find yourself in a dilemma over humanity and regulations consider four questions to help your decision
You can make a difference by helping others navigate a difficult time with interest and concern and showing the way forward.
Today I made my commitment to become a full Hospitalier and to come to Lourdes to serve in the Sanctuary every year for a week if possible
The Ampleforth Stage group in June 2023, celebrating 25 years of the group.
Commitment comes from deep within your mind. However, these three practices will help you reinforce your commitment.
Being of service and making an impact, the third element of the Virtuous Circle, is essential to life after the kids leave home.
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