Gratitude journal
three good things

Jul 15, 2019

Monday in Lourdes

Grateful its the middle of the month! Time to replace my contacts, which were virtually opaque after some less than hygienic treatment after the last few days. The gift of sight – I am lucky to have it, even if not perfect.

Monday morning mass in groups can be a bit chaotic as we hunt for our select APs and head for separate destinations. Full marks to our group leader and her fellow leaders for organising this so well, and for Fr R for his informal yet deeply spiritual mass in the crypt.

His homily touched on giving and receiving love. He talked about the camel and the eye of the needle as being as much a message to open our hearts free from the hindrances of our belongings as to giving up our wealth and possessions. He told the story of the prostitute and the well-wisher who kept acknowledging her without response until her growing vulnerability allowed her to accept his help. Receiving love is almost more difficult than giving it. 

It was a privilege to take one of our senior APs to the Marian Torchlight Procession in the evening and to stay on the floor of the St Frai until all in bed. A long night in the Terrace and the St Rose followed, where it was a pleasure to mix with pilgrims young and old and to see the confidence with which the younger pilgrims in particular mixed with the longer serving pilgrims. Grateful to Henry L for entertaining us with his pipes.

(Photo courtesy of Sidney W again – and thank you again)

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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