Today, of course is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Two and a half years ago, we spent a few days at Lourdes, as part of our 2012 Grand Tour.
We had just spent a few days at a gite near Montignac and the next stop would be another rental in the Pyrenees.
I didn’t know what to expect, since much of what I had read treated Lourdes with a dismissive air, describing it as “Catholic Disneyland.”
It’s amazing to realize that Lourdes has been a pilgrimage site for a century and a half. If you ever get a chance, read a good history of the apparition and its consequences and uses by various parties within France and the Church. It’s really one of the most fascinating events of modern Catholicism in which every aspect of this crazy, mysterious life on God’s earth comes to bear: God’s unexpected grace…
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