I have seen that so many have written to me! Thank you! Forgive me if I can’t answer to everybody right now, it is already very late. I would love to, though!
I hope I can find time tomorrow or on Monday, Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and I will spend some time with my family. We’ ll see!
Thinking of each of you, many thanks and blessings! See you soon! ~ Ursula
Here is the first stanza of the Canticle of creatures in Original Language, for all who are supporting me in my pilgrimage! Thank you!
It is of course NOT the “first stanza” … sorry for the error!
Dear gratefulness People, especially Mary and Anna thank you for your reflections which I haven’t had the time to answer yet!
I have been sooo busy this week and also a little worrying about my health in the midst of my numerous occupations which have hardly left time to rest for me. Also, I couldn’t sleep well or sometimes hardly at all during the nights, as I often get really awake at night (since I was young I have always been an “owl”, but due to the children I had to change my rhytms a bit. I usually have difficulty getting up in the morning, especially when my night sleep is interrupted or too little.)
What I wanted to say is that during the past two days I have spoken with my medical doctor in order to ask him if he thought I could postpone my radiofrequency ablation appointment which would have been due in two weeks. He said that was ok, so I DID (have had the final OK of the doctor at the hospital today for the new appointment) and I decided to participate in the pilgrimage to St. Francis’ Country which starts in a week’s time! I am still a bit nervous and my body seems to be a little upset or nervous, and before starting I have many things to do and organize. My husband doesn’t like me to give him so many instructions concerning the children and their holidays for example (there are a few in between and I tell my husband to find a solution concerning his work), but I like to have it all well organized :-))
My doctor who guides the pilgrimage is telling me that pilgrimage is also about letting go all planning and sorrows and see what the day will bring … and trust in the companions and ultimately in God (the latter one is my Interpretation and not his words). That is certainly true, and a BIG lesson for me to learn!
OK, that’s my news for today, and not a small one! I still hesitate a bit, I haven’t done that sort of “holiday” (holy day) yet, and the last ones which were a bit like that (hitchhiking with a backpack) were way back!!
Anna, vado in Umbria e poi in Toscana, ma non penso che sarà possibile vederci. Il percorso è un altro … mi dispiace!
Well, before starting I hope that I can trust my body and my spirit that all will be well and I can I risk doing the pilgrimage!
Please send some prayers!
Thank you all, and blessings to you! **** Ursula
One extraordinary gift are wise words from wise people, some of them timeless, some coming to you at just the right moment.
An example of such wisdom is Rumis poetry, and today’s Word of the Day is one of my very favorite ones:
‘Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.
Oh, dear Pilgrim, it’s so thoughtful of you that you will light candles for me each day as I walk on my path … how can I thank you??
I think I will start next sunday (21st of May), and come back about 3 weeks later (Monday June 12th ), but I haven’t bought the train tickets yet. If possible, I want to go with another lady who also prefers going by train rather than by van (part of the group do that).
I will know for sure when I have the tickets, I will let you know!
Anyway, thank you for your good wishes and your idea to install a “prayer albergue” for me – I am without words!
Blessings, dear Pilgrim! ~ Ursula
your words touch me deeply, especially because I didn’t know that you were reading my posts and hoping for me …
Many thanks for your prayers, I feel blessed to have so many people in this community whose thoughts and prayers are with me and will sort of be on the way with me, in their minds and hearts!
Each one of you will be in my heart and mind as well, and I will pray for you, too!
I am glad that you could benefit from my mentioning Louise Hay … it is always good to know that we are not the first ones to walk a difficult path but others walked them before, with success!
Blessings to you, dear Palm! ~ Ursula
Dear Diane, it is so beautiful for me to know that you are among the many People who are supporting my “adventure” with thoughts and prayers. So good for me to read that!
Thank you so much for your encouragements also! “Let go and let God” is a wonderful advice!
Abbondanti benedizioni anche a te, Diane! Grazie mille! ~ Ursula
Thank you so much for your one thousand fold blessings, dear Aine!!
May these blessings return to you as well! ~ Ursula
Thank you so much for your loving words and thoughts, dear Mary!
Blessings and love to you! ~ Ursula
Thank you, dear Chad! Me too, I like your icon, it’s so special ! And I love the colour!
Thank YOU, dear Kevin, for this picture that reminds me of St. Nicholas, as Aine says, but not only … when I was small, I often went with my parents to a place called “Dwarfs’ garden”. There were many sculptures of gnomes made of stone, and curiously your photo immediately reminded me of that.
The “miter” of snow is quite incredible … as if the snow had given to St. Francis what he would have refused for sure in “real life”. But it seems so soft – a protection!
Thank you also for talking about St. Francis as the symbol of the poor and sick, and somebody who praised all creatures.
Bless you too, dear Kevin, and many thanks again for this touching picture!
I understand your “shock”, Aine, but as Anna says: HOORAY!!! Incredible!!!
You have merited it so much, I am sure, and I am so happy with you!! I know the changes that this will implicate, and by the way that is why I am organizing so many things now before I start my pilgrimage. I have been ill and for a long time my husband supported me in the household and with the children, and now with his new Job he is glad but things have turned to be more “complicated” in some ways … well not really complicated, we have to organize it.
It is still hard to believe that I can leave for 3 weeks, but it will be possible and we all will learn something new! You too, Aine!
I know how you were longing for this, and I am so happy for you and your husband! Abundant blessings on this new time of your common life!
We are all healing, Aine, and to read that from you makes me even more positive for my own future! Thank you, dear friend! ~ Ursula
Thank you so much, dearest Diane! I saw the other day that you wrote something like “Brother Sun and Sister Moon” if I remember well. It made me think immediately that you were referring to my pilgrimage, although I don’t know if I had already told here that I would do it. In any case, I think you got the vibes … especially when I read that St. Francis’ Words are always with you! How beautiful!
And I will indeed take a little piece of you with me on my pilgrimage … as I will carry a bit of each of you who are suppporting me and caring about me in my heart! It touches me deeply that so many are with me in this journey!
Thank you so much again, dear Diane! Sending you abundant blessings! ~
Thank you so much for these encouraging words, dear Aine! ~
Welcome here, TallulahSpirit! May yóu find much inspiration and many companions on your gratefulness journey here!
Best to you & blessings!
I am sooo touched by your words. As I read them, tears were coming to my eyes. Your blessing is one of my most favourite ones, dear Pilgrim!
Some time ago I found a sung version of it in German (curiously by two Americans I think), and although it is not a professional video, I find it beautiful and touching because some young people having brunch together seem to sing it for someone who is leaving their flat share.
Pilgrim, with your name in this community you are for sure the right one to give me these blessings on my pilgrimage, and I thank you so much!!
Here is the text in German:
„Möge die Straße uns zusammenführen“
Möge die Straße uns zusammenführen und der Wind in deinem Rücken sein. Sanft falle Regen auf deine Felder und warm auf dein Gesicht der Sonnenschein. Und bis wir uns wiedersehen, halte Gott dich fest in seiner Hand. Und bis wir uns wiedersehen, halte Gott dich fest in seiner Hand.
Führe die Straße, die du gehst, immer nur zu deinem Ziel bergab. Hab’, wenn es kühl wird, warme Gedanken und den vollen Mond in dunkler Nacht. Und bis wir uns wiedersehen, halte Gott dich fest in seiner Hand. Und bis wir uns wiedersehen, halte Gott dich fest in seiner Hand.
Bis wir uns ‘mal wiedersehen, hoffe ich, dass Gott dich nicht verlässt. Er halte dich in seinen Händen, doch drücke seine Faust dich nie zu fest. Und bis wir uns wiedersehen, halte Gott dich fest in seiner Hand. Und bis wir uns wiedersehen, halte Gott dich fest in seiner Hand.
Blessings to you back, dear Pilgrim, and many thanks again! ~
I fully share what Mary has said! Ursula
Dear Kevin, as I have just written in the Gratitude Lounge I am planning to make a pilgrimage to Assisi and St. Francis’ Country. If all is well I will start in almost one week’s time. I will certainly think of you, dear Kevin, and many people have told me that St. Francis’ “vibes” which he left there are perceptible even for people who aren’t religious at all.
So I am confident that those powerful thoughts that I may send to you from Assisi and/or surroundings will have a healing effect to you (well it will be my modest contribution, I know that you have excellent doctors, I am sure countless people will pray for you, and I know that God is always with you)!
Much love and blessings, Ursula
Thank you, Betsy! Wonderful to read! It gives me the hope and the feeling that I am not alone and likely in a similar transformation which will lead to something new and beautiful! I love the butterfly Image – I got a beautiful butterfly made by my sister and my two nieces recently, and it was like a symbol of what is going on in my body and spirit at the moment! Much love to you, Ursula
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