Thank you so much to all who were able to attend the concert at the State Theatre, and thank you to those who weren't able to attend but made a donation. We had a great weekend and enjoyed having both my Mom and JD's Mom here for the weekend for Grace's Communion and for Mother's Day.
After the long Memorial Day weekend we are settling into the summer heat. Last week Clay and I took a quick trip to New York to meet with a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, who came highly recommended from a woman I met on the Lourdes trip. I had been searching for someone experienced in traditional Chinese herbs and tonics, and so felt this introduction was kismet. We had an interesting meeting and the daily tonic should arrive this week. I am expecting it to be nasty tasting, and have already told Clay that he will have to think of it as drinking a crazy brew from Harry Potter...
Clay's next MRI is mid-June and I will post an update then. We are currently seeking second opinions on further procedures should we need them, but praying that the word will be "stable."
Friday, May 11, 2012
|Blessed Mary Statue on the night of the candlelight procession|
|Thousands of people holding candles singing Ava Maria|
|Clay and I receiving medals from Cardinal Wuerl|
|Outdoor Mass at the Grotto|
|Grace is très français|
|The Domaine at night|
|JD rides with Clay|
|Clay charming one of the older Dames of Malta|
|The snow-capped Pyrenees|
|One of the many wonderful Dames|
|Looking at the town of Lourdes from the Castle|
|Some of the our teams Knights & Dames|
Saturday, May 5, 2012
We are in Lourdes and are overwhelmed with the beauty, symbolism, and kindness surrounding us. This truly is a magical place. The Pilgrimage started with a candle lighting ceremony after Mass in the Rosary Basilica, lead by the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wuerl. He saw Clay in the crowd and pulled him to the front to light the 100 pound candle, which will burn all week in the Grotto. Here are a few photos from that ceremony.
We bathed in the waters from the Grotto on our second morning, and we attended Mass this morning outside the Grotto. This is the site where Mary appeared on many occasions to Bernadette. At each Mass dozens of Priests participate, as well as a Cardinal. Each Mass is specifically for the Order of the Malta. Last night we participated in the Outdoor Marian Candlelight Procession. Thousands of people, walking and riding in carts, move in procession in the main area called the Domaine, while the Five Mysteries are told (in several languages) and everyone repeatedly sings Ava Maria. I have not seen nor heard many thing more beautiful and meaningful than this.