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Hey everyone, I hope that you are all enjoying your day. I thought I would interrupt you with this fantastic reflection sent to me by a close friend and brother. Here is a reverend father’s reflective account of what it was like to visit Lourdes in France. I think that apart from being excellently written, it also presents a review of what it is like to make the pilgrimage. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!   …and so, the account begins…   *MY STAY IN LOURDES*     I arrived Lourdes on Thursday, 5th March, 2020 about 8pm, had dinner at a restaurant near to my lodge after which I went straight to my lodge (Hotel d’alliance), I prayed and rested.     On Friday, it rained all through and hail stones like crumbs welcomed me. I attended three masses. English mass in the chapel of St John Vianney, French mass under the rock where Mary appeared to Bernadette and another French mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate conception.  It was a wet day and the weather was acutely chilly.     The mass under the rock of the apparition was very engaging and powerful because the atmosphere evokes a divine presence, one could feel the abiding presence of our Most Blessed Mother.     After that I recorded three reflections titled the Ninveites experience, part 1, 2 and 3. I also visited the underground Basilica of Pope Pius, prayed the rosary while walking around and lit candles in the candle house for intentions of those who asked me for prayers. Had rice and fish at a Burkina Faso restaurant and went to my lodge to pray and rest.     On Saturday, 7th March, I joined English rosary at 8:30am, attended mass at 9am. Recorded a reflection on the 14 stations of the cross. I am so grateful to God for this. I also recorded a video titled “child,  behold your mother. ”     After this, I prayed the 14 stations on the hill, it was very spiritual and enriching too. I offered it for God’s mercy on humankind and to put an end to the Corona epidemic. Also for those affected by it directly, those at risk and those who have died.     After this, I went in for the water service which was conducted in place of the pool bath at the piscino because of the Corona epidemic. After, I did some shopping outside the ground, had pizza and went home to pray and rest.     On Sunday, I concelebrated mass in the English chapel. Did a bit of shopping, prayed at the grotto for intentions of those whom I have promised to pray for, lit some candles  and then checked out of the hotel, went to Toulouse and then flew back to Heathrow, London.     Over and above all, I am very happy that I went at a more quiet period, normal pilgrimage is April to October. The panic caused by the plague also made the whole of Lourdes more depleted than normal. However, it was very good for me, for my prayers, meditation and recording.     Although the weather was very chilly, I found Lourdes to be very atmospheric and compelling, the presence of our Lady is very vivid. I wish I could stay more days, every day was inexplicably beautiful and I came back more renewed, refreshed and blessed.   Written by Reverend Father Emmanuel Okami   Thanks for reading

*MY STAY IN LOURDES*


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Today I learnt a new type of meditation known as visualisation.   Within it, I was asked to visualise my favourite place. A place I would transport myself to in my mind’s eye. So that i can visual-eyes it.   When I pondered, I realised that there was no other place I wanted to be in. It was not a holiday , it was not a beach it was not with anyone … but it was with you… my family.   You see, to visualise is to don visual-eyes that locate you wherever you are. So that even …   When eyes cannot see you, my loving eyes see you.   When your presence cannot be felt, my heart feels your warmth.   When you are far ‍♀️ and I cannot physically hear you, my ears hear you.   That’s why in my mind, we remain one and inseparable as it is always meant to be.   I carry you In my heart everywhere I go. I visualise you. I look within and I see you.   Your presence comforts me.   It envelopes me and guides my actions.   Though distance may build walls around us, in my heart, I feel the warmth of your love.   It transcends time and space and locates me even when my heart yearns for a moment with you.   The happiest memories of my life are forged within the nest of love that you create with your presence in my life.   Right here in my heart, as it was many years ago, i find my home with you, deep within my heart. I suddenly realise that you have been with me the whole time.   As I visual-eyes I pluck the courage to bask within the nest of peace that I will always call home.   Thank you for reading. Photo credit: Pixabay  

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