Riding in the bus from Le Mans to Chartres I drifted off to lsleep, and right before I woke up, I had an image pop into my head.

There has bee a lot mentioned during this pilgrimage about “community.”  Yesterday we left the hotel at the same time some younger (kindergarten) children were being lead by their teachers to cross the street.

I struck me how similar we looked to the children.  Here we are, Fr. John’s flock, and he is our shepherd.  Others have already known him, but I did not.  Advice provided by Mimi Beck (2016 pilgrim) was to “trust Father John.”  This piece of advice kept coming to mind.

I’m not sure yet how much this experience has strengthened my relationship with Catholicism, but it has strengthened my faith in people.

Written by Rebecca GIllespie