The subtle perception of the way things are

We are in a Lourdes, France, place of miracles. Our room has a kitchen and we have come back from the market. We invite you to join us for lunch!
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Lunch is cooking!
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Dinner is served!

Come with us while we visit the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. It marks the place where the 14 year-old Bernadette saw a dazzling light and a small white female figure in 1858. During 18 visions, the lady directed Bernadette to uncover a healing spring and the lady suggested that a chapel be built. The lady eventually identified herself as “Immaculate Conception.” The visions and miraculous healings caused Lourdes to become a major pilgrimage site with over 300 hotels and about five million visitors each year.

We approach the Rosary Basilica.

We look around and then meditate.


You are with us.
“Did you see the cute guy to our right?” I ask you. “He is a backpacker traveler and might be good for you.”
“He’s not my type,” you say. “I want someone who can dance, not one who does the rosary.”
Above this basilica is the Crypt, the oldest chapel of the complex.

I meditate in this place. It is next to the room where the relics of Bernadette are stored. Bernadette died at the age of 35 and later was made a saint.

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We are visiting her bones, the first bones of our bone pilgrimage. “The bones allow magic,” I tell Karen.

“What do you mean by that?” she asks.

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    There are plaques along the walls, commemorating many healings, 69 of which have been verified by the Lourdes Medical Bureau as miraculous.

    “People get healed,” I say. “The power can be sent to our blog readers.”

    Lao tsu writes (chapter 36):
    “If you want to shrink something,
    you must first allow it to expand.
    If you want to get rid of something,
    you must first allow it to flourish.
    If you want to take something,
    you must first allow it to be given.
    This is called the subtle perception
    of the way things are.
    The soft overcomes the hard.
    The slow overcomes the fast.
    Let your workings remain a mystery.
    Just show people the results.”

    I see many acts of piety while sitting in the Rosary Basilica and in the Crypt. People pray fervently. What can I do that might benefit you, my son,daughter, sister, brother, lover?
    If you want healing, you must figure out what needs to be healed. The miraculous healings seem rare…less than one every two years. Millions of people pass through this place, praying fervently. Most settle for minor miracles. The minor miracles are good enough.

    Here is what I say: there are many benefits attained from seeing things the way they are.

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