Lourdes

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.

Gratitude

Spa Church

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!

Harome Church and the Spa church
Insights

You’ve got a friend

Asking for help can be challenging, but someone willing and able to make a difference will respond when you call out their name.

Group hug, you've got a friend
Gratitude

Committing to Lourdes

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

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