First a bit of news from back home: the cake sale this morning was an absolute hit. The effort that Marie Butler McNally had put in to prepare it together with her family and friends really paid off. It was unbelievable. There are no words that can express sour gratitude, just to say that we will make sure every cent will go into helping and caring for Pádraig. Thank you Marie and everybody who helped to make this coffee morning an absolute success!
This morning, I want up to the Grotto at around 5:45am thinking that it would be deserted and quick. Far from it. Loads of people apparently had got up erning ss
So I bought and lit up two candles: the first of the candles for Pádraig and the second one for all the people who had helped him during the most difficult times in his lives.
Today was our third day in Lourdes, well the second full day, let’s say. This morning, we went to mass in the huge underground Basilica of St Pio X with a capacity of 25,000 people. Today being Pentecost Sunday, the church was packed. Mass was celebrated by about 100 priests. Patrick and I were sitting close to the front and could follow what was happening on the altar pretty good. But the most beautiful thing did not happen in front but just behind us. Have a look at the picture. I scath a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.
Mass was truly multilingual. In fact, it was the most multilingual events I had ever been to.
In the afternoon, Pádraig got a bath/shower. A rare occasion since his accident. With a few really great helpers, we put him onto a stretcher and positioned the two onto a bath tub. Everything was going extremely well, especially given the circumstances – until someone noticed “Schaum” (bubbles) disappearing underneath the bathroom door and into the corridor. When he checked, he just about managed to save some people from drownings – such was the water flow to the outside. He had to spend the next hour cleaning the corridors and getting rid of the water from the corridors. For Pádraig it was absolutely great. I could see how he was enjoying it! Fair play to the great “Maltese” who were making this possible!
To finish up some good news: Usually it’s a 06hs10 h early morning wake up call for Pádraig (with me getting ready at 5h30 and walking over to his accommodation). Today we heard that because there will be a bus tour into the Pyréneees tomorrow, wake up time will be later tomorrow than usual: instead of 06:10h, it will be at 06:20… Looks like I’ll have a lie in…