Gratitude journal
three good things

Jul 18, 2019

Our last day

It was a privilege to walk back to Lourdes with a few pilgrims from our half day of reflection up in the hills above Lourdes in the village where Bernadette ended her days. So peaceful and quiet and good to be out in the country.

A few of us walked the High Stations of the Cross in the afternoon, and I am grateful to our leader for giving me the opportunity to read for the Ninth Station and to ask for intercessions for our first and second timers, who have worked so hard and hopefully learnt much that will help them when they fall in the big wide world once they leave school.

Our last Blessed Sacrament Procession this afternoon, again in full sunshine and again had the privilege of becoming fully involved by joining two first timers in taking one of our APs round in a voiture.

Our last Cafe Society on the roof; grateful for the generosity of Aileen B for her wonderful singing, accompanied from time to time by Gerald. So impressed also with Maria T, who stood up impromptu at the end to talk about bringing the spirit of Lourdes to Walsingham in August with Youth 2000 and asking as many of us (not just the young) to join her. 

Remained on duty until the last AP was settled down at 11:30, then joined many others in the Terrace, a time of recollecting and forging friendships until close, then to bed for a few hours sleep before an early start and crack cleaning later this morning.

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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