LOURDES for the 6th Time

The first time I visited was all planned but nearly got shelved because of a major surgery. Then my surgeon said I could go a month after the surgery. I went. With a dear friend and a nephew. Three years in a row, I went. My brand of thanksgiving involved solo trips and even driving all the way from Paris to Lourdes. Each visit, more meaningful. 

A nephew. A niece. A friend. This time, my sister. It’s now just the 2 of us. Our parents and a middle sister are long gone. It’s my birthday gift for her. Still too early for the Marian Season. No procession till April, but we’ve done the Mass, Confession, Baths and Station of the Cross. All these 4 you can do starting from 9 am till noon. As for the procession, you can circle the entire Basilica complex saying the rosary and your personal prayers. We took to heart the homily said by the priest NOT to pray for ourselves or personal intentions. Rather, we should pray for others. And we did. 

The day we arrived here, it rained and it hailed. It was also difficult to find dining places after 5pm as most shops are closed till April or closed early. But we were rewarded with the bluest sky ever. No crowds. No lines. So peaceful. I remember the times I was here by myself. 

Our hotel balcony presented a perfect view of the castle. It’s closed too but it’s enough to view it from a distance with a very azure skyline. 

Upon leaving Lourdes, the sky was still overcast but we didn’t feel any gloom. Our hearts are warmed by the solitude and spiritual experience. It’s another life episode we’d treasure forever. 🙏🏻


About lifeisacelebration

Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......
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5 Responses to LOURDES for the 6th Time

  1. lidipiri says:

    Thank you!!! For bringing back memories that I thought forgotten. Saw a film of my family on a pilgrimage a lifetime ago. She brought back 3 bottles of sacred water. 1 remained at the time of her passing. Thanks again!

  2. What a beautiful place. I had no idea! And your photos are gorgeous.

  3. What wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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