Friday, February 9, 2018

Pilgrimage to Lourdes after Peru Meeting

The ALAC meeting was a great success.....the provincials and the custos were very active during the meeting...the days were spent in knowing one another....the days were moments of our international brotherhood.....everyone felt at home with the fraternal welcome and all the arrangements...Peru is a great country and Lima has its own charm and attraction....after the Meeting Pio and me flew to Paris ....12ours non stop journey to Madrid and then to Parish ....in total the journey last from door to door about 23 hours....wow great.....Parish welcomed us with cold....next day the entire city of Parish was under the snow......I headed towards Lourdes....my dream came true to visit Our Lady of Lourdes....spent two days in prayer and reflection....great weather...less pilgrims....more silence and serenity......the friars are just behind the shrine....everyone knows now who are capuchins....the friars are visible....they hear confessions.....lead prayers and celebrate Masses..After Lourdes....I spent two days in Parish....visiting the historical places....it was a good break for me before the three meetings and the travel involved......I fly to India for CCMSI meeting....then Chapter in Kenya....and Continent formation meeting at Bangkok 
Lourdes greeted me with showers of blessings in the form of rain
when there are few pilgrims...Lourdes is totally different and more spiritual environment.....even when the pilgrims are around....the faith of them makes Lourdes more holier....
It is a different spiritual experience here.....Mother Mary speaks....one has to be attentive..

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