Reflection on Lourdes
From Group 5, Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese
(Written by Luke Martin, Maria Tufale, Christina Tuuhetoka, Derrick Loloa and Molly Tuafale)
After 30 hours flying and three days in Barcelona, we had a day to reflect while on the bus to Lourdes. Seven hours traveling over the Pyrenees we adjusted our 'si' for 'oui' and started at 8 sharp.
The trip was passed by the continuation of Quizmaster Toby's trivia of sites we visited.
Sagarda Familia was today's topic about all aspects of the impressive basilica. The prize, tim tams, were shared by winners and losers in true spirit of love.
Personal reflection on the bus for us centered around the homily of Fr Fernando yesterday about ensuring that every place we visited place an emphasis on how it improves and enables love of god and helps people.
The beauty of Sagarda Familia and Montserrat compared to the simplicity and roughness of St Ignatius' cave in Manressa...how have these visits improved our connection with God.
After dinner, we joined the procession around the grotto and rosary square where St Bernadette had her visions.
Upward of 20,000 pilgrims sang 'Ave Maria' and the rosary was broadcast in many languages.We fulfilled the Immaculate Conception's request to process in one of the visions.
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