Lent Pilgrimage to Paris & Lisieux – Reflection 2

Such a wonderful, thought provoking and inspiring time spent on pilgrimage with a lovely group of fellow pilgrims last week in France. It was an amazing four days as we journey through Lent. It was great to meet and share this experience and listen to each other- with a shared unity in faith and prayer. 

It was really special to visit Paris and Lisieux; two major places both steeped in great religious significance, history, culture and architecture.

 In Paris we had the fantastic privilege of visiting the Mother House, and Sanctuary of St Marie-Eugénie which was beautiful. It was lovely to see Paris by night on a walking tour where we saw famous icons: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and visiting Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur was awe inspiring. 

 Exploring Lisieux and walking in the footsteps of St Thérèse and learning more about her doctrine- visiting the Basilica, her tomb and her shrine was truly incredible. During this time, it was great to reflect upon her life, teaching, and practice- ‘I will spend my Heaven doing good on earth’- A key message I will continue to take forward in my life. 

 The whole experience was a very healing, enriching, and rewarding one. I am very grateful to the Religious of the Assumption and the Carmelites for the opportunity to meet such a fabulous group and explore new places of historical interest and religious significance. 

Reflection written by  Stephanie Willmott, London 

joint pilgrimage with http://www.assumptionreligious.org

link to pilgrimage photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gbcarmelite/albums/72177720314799254

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