Sunday, November 03, 2013

I received word from someone I met on pilgrimage last year that one of our fellow travelers died recently. She had been ill on pilgrimage, her reason for going to Lourdes, I believe. She was a very nice person.

On the way to Lourdes, she sat directly behind me on the tour bus. She talked with great excitement about visiting Lourdes. She pointed out to me signs in the clouds, messages to her from God. She took great pleasure in those omens. I don't think I humored her - I'm not that way - but I listened. That's all I could do. I hope she died as peacefully as she had lived.

3 comments:

Barbara Schoeneberger said...

Teresa, I think you are a good listener based on events you recount in your posts. That is a wonderful gift to give to others.

Michael Seagriff said...

Teresa and Barb:

As a radio operator I was trained to "not listen" to extraneous noises. To tune those noises out. I need to become a better listener. Thanks for the timely reminder of what a power gift listening to another can be.

Colleen said...

Listening is definitely a gift. Much needed.