A Cryptic Traditional Catholic Travelogue 1: France and Lourdes


Our Lady-Lourdes

In this grotto outside Lourdes, Bernadette Soubirous beheld the Blessed Virgin in 1858. Photo: © Manuel González Olaechea y Franco.

You can listen or not.

I don’t care.

But if you do listen, this will be very personal and cryptic.

Sometimes I just need to put forth Fragments and Unfinished Things.

Later on, they can be more fleshed out, elsewhere at this site.

For now, should you care to listen, just know I cannot explain everything. As I travel through (the remnants of Catholic) France, I am just going to put little pieces here …

Just feeling horror …

This dry, dry, dry desert of French Secularism …

Deluged in materialism.

Good taste. No Soul.

To reverse metaphors … La Vraie France. The true France.

Drowned. Drowned in this ocean of Secularism.

With the once great mountains of a pious Catholic culture, still jutting out above the waters as little islands in a dead or dying ocean …

Paray-le-Monial. Ars. The Sacré Coeur de Montmartre – and Lourdes …

We have entered France and have gone to Lourdes in refuge from this soulless civilisation.

It has hit me so powerfully, so very powerfully this time, the arid nature of the materialistic civilisation that replaced Catholic France.

And in Lourdes it is hitting me. Hitting me the need to fight the battle that was lost so long ago.

Or was it?

The civilisation that honoured the Immaculate Conception, the civilisation that honoured VERTICALITY, the civilisation that created places for the SOUL and built shrines like Lourdes.

You can still feel that extinguished civilisation in Lourdes.

Of course in the silence, you can feel more than that.

You can feel HER.

I was not ready to completely fight for you before, my Lady.

Or not ready enough.

But with your healing, I feel ready now.

To fight the Battle that was lost …

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Next Installment:

 A Cryptic Traditional Catholic Travelogue Part II


The Sanctuary at Lourdes by F. A. Locati (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) , via Wikimedia Commons

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