Page 5, 6th November 1970

6th November 1970
Page 5
Page 5, 6th November 1970 — SPIRIT OF TRUST AT LOURDES
Close

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.

Tags

Locations: London

Share


Related articles

Parents And Handicapped Pilgrims

Page 5 from 4th June 1971

Letters To The Editor

Page 5 from 28th May 1971

138 Handicapped Pilgrims

Page 5 from 26th October 1962

Laity's Role In Parish

Page 5 from 16th April 1971

Apostolate Of Lourdes

Page 2 from 23rd August 1957

SPIRIT OF TRUST AT LOURDES

MAY I answer the letter from Fr. Simon Tugwell, O.P. (October 23) about next Easter's International Pilgrimage to Lourdes for the Mentally Handicapped? I most certainly agree with his comments which have arisen from a few words being taken out of context from the leaflet in which it was written.

May I therefore quote the paragraph headed "Pilgrimage Spirit" from our leaflet: "It would be unwise to stress the possibility of cure. The pilgrimage must offer the handicapped, their friends and their families, true hope and the encouragement with which to face their trials.

"Its first object must be to help the handicapped find his true place in the Church and in God's plan. Both before and during the pilgrimage, there must be a realisation of the value of prayer. The beginnings of acceptance of a handicap can come with prayer and the pilgrimage can provide a training in prayer.

"If both the handicapped and their families can thus develop their faith, it is also true that the rest of the Church can gain in faith, inasmuch the healthy and affluent can succour the sick, seeing in them the privileged sons of Our Lord."

Naturally no one goes to Lourdes without hope — hope that it may be him or his child that is cured, for we know that many such miracles take place annually. But we shall also go in a spirit of trust — that we may be given a change of heart, that we may receive the blessing of faith and the acceptance of the particular cross each one of us has to bear.

Miracles such as these lake place all the time at Lourdes, touching all pilgrims to some degree, and many of the mentally handicapped whom 1 have had the privilege of accompanying to Lourdes in the past have responded to the love and prayer that is so alive out there.

Pamela Whigharn Joint Organiser, Faith and Light Pilgrimage. London, W.I4.




blog comments powered by Disqus