Catching the Lourdes bug

Being a young Catholic in 2013 can be a testing experience. There are fewer and fewer young people in church congregations, and young people are often ridiculed or discriminated against for practising their faith. However, when I went to Lourdes with our diocesan pilgrimage, my faith was boosted in a way that it had never been before. To see the hundreds of people from our Diocese: priests, VIPs, carers, able-bodied pilgrims and young people; amongst the thousands of others from all-over the world, come together to pray to Our Lady and St.Bernadette, gives you such an amazing feeling that words cannot describe. But a pilgrimage to Lourdes certainly gives you a lot more than this. The week was full of unforgettable memories, with both the VIPs and the other young people, and I made many new friendships that I’m sure will last much longer than the week we spent together. I can’t wait to go back next year- I’ve definitely caught the Lourdes bug!