Our Lady and Sheen

Lourdes, day 2 part 2

During the Marian procession tonight I ran to the first English banner I could find. I met a family and the son, about 12 immidiately said, “you miss hearing English don’t you?”. It turned out that there were only those three and the banner holder. The banner said, “say a prayer, save a life” and had a rosary shaped like a baby in the womb.

The man, Mike, is a Canadian and runs a pro life center in Lourdes. After talking during the procession he let me carry the banner, including to the front of the basilica where I held it for the rest of the prayers facing the throngs of people. Tonight’s procession was much, much larger than last night’s!

From June through October 2010, if you’re in Lourdes you can help with or just visit the Pro-life movement at:
Centre Internatinal pour la Vie
24 Rue du Bourg
65100 Lourdes
From 10am-7pm (10h-19h)

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June 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Lourdes Day 2

9:41am: I am currently waiting for the English speaking confessions to begin. I just attended Mass with the Bishop of Limerick in the Grotto with his pilgrims.

11:44am: a miracle of sorts has occured. I prayed last night that I could just have a hug, I was feeling so detached. Before confession I met a woman from Rochester, NY, and struck up a conversation. I gave her a card to pray for Archbishop Sheen, that I touched to the Tomb of Therese of Lisieux. She was very touched and told me about how much St. Therese meant to her. I went to confession, said my penance and as I was leaving she hugged me and blessed my journey. I feel much stronger now and ready to continue.

After that, I went to the high stations of the cross. It was a winding road up this mountain, with more elevation than all of Louisiana. It took about 45 minutes to walk.

Then I visited the Crypte (housing an untouchable relic of St. Bernadette) with Mass going on after a long tunnel. I had already been in the Basilica of the Rosary, under the Crypte, and then I went up to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (just like our big church back home, only much bigger and over the Grotto).

6:33pm: I have just come back from the Eucharistic procession. It was from this tent on the other side of the river to the Basilica of St Pius X. The basilica is underground, and pure concrete, it doesn’t even look as good as most arenas, but whereas arenas have basketball, the Basilica had Jesus!

I have discovered that a local favorite food is confit de canard, or roast duck leg. I’m going to try it for dinner, then go back to the grotto while everyone is still away.

Also I had a second experience with the post office here, it was aweful. They said all my credit cards were invalid. It scared me terribly until I remembered I had used one five minutes earlier, so I blame their machines!

7:46: Confit de canard is good. Just like chicken, only the meat literally fell off the bones. Also, I think I just ate beats for the first time. It’s hard to tell but they were diced and purpleish red. Off to the Grotto.

June 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 6 Comments