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Give us this Day – Candles

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine,

Let it shine,

Oh Let it shine,

Let it shine

Gosepl Spiritual

Yes, I’ve taken this little light around the world and am just back from Medjugorje in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Where I lit a candle for friends and family and the world.

With Myrlie Evers at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Candles flicker across all the religions of the world.

And none.

It is a mark of hope, of permanence and memorial.

The gospel spiritual ‘This little light of mine’ is on a spool in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Cleveland.

Where I met Civil Rights legend Myrlie Evers who opened the museum.

And amid the boards with their personal testimonies of struggles, loss and redemption the song is a stirring backdrop.

The ultimate sacrifice: At Great Uncle Willie’s gravestone

Here’s where it stands among my memories… The Promised Land. And http://www.mcrm.mdah.ms.gov

In another land, amid the mud and blood of Passchendaele in Flanders,

I lit a candle to my Irish Great Uncles who had fallen there.

It sits on my desk and every Memorial Sunday in November I light it and sit in silent memorial for a minute.

And I thank them for their sacrifice… In Flanders fields and http://www.gti-ireland.com and http://www.visitflanders.com.

Pilgrims: With Maria dos Anjos in Fatima

We stand too in reverence at the Marian sites of Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje.

Secret Portugal The Lourdes prayer. And these websites http://www.centerofportugal.com and http://www.en.lourdes-infotourisme.com and http://www.lourdes-france-org.

And watch out too for my review of my Medjugorje pilgrimage with Marian Pilgrimages www.marian.ie soon in the Irish Sun.

Light of the world: In Medjugorje

Candles, of course, are not just a Western, a Christian, a modern phenomenon.

Light of our lives

Light and fire are primal forces which link us to the Earth and to the heavens.

And are common to other cultures, religions and countries around the world.

And those who claim spirituality but no religion.

Waxing lyrical. In Lourdes

To finish, a light-hearted story from my time in Medge.

From the beautifully beardied Franciscan monk Fr Columba.

Who told of us a candlelight procession in New York when his beard which stretches down to his navel caught fire.

Fr Columba is fireproof though, and can fix TV freezes too… Medjugorje story – a sporting passion.

MEET YOU IN THE PEWS

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Give us this day: Lourdes

I’ve always thought the best way to really find out about the locals is to join them where they play and pray.

So I’ll be bringing you my thoughts on our life’s journeys every week on this day, HIS day.

First off: Lourdes. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-lourdes-prayer-pyrenees/(opens in a new tab)

And carrying on the pray and play theme and because of the day that’s in it I’ll be showing how I scaled the most climbed mountain by cyclists on the Tour de France.

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Radio days

Hear, hear… no, not some warbling politicians but just a couple of good friends talking Travel.

Aileen Eglington put this relative radio tyro at ease on her Travel show Destination Anywhere on 93.9 Dublin South FM yesterday.

The hour positively flew by as we talked Turkey (Istanbul), LA and Anaheim and Lourdes.

And we interspersed it with a few songs….

Natasha Bedingfield’s These Words, happy memories from when she loved me, she loved me, she loved me, picking me and my purple beard out of the crowd as she sang Purple Rain, the Beach Boys’ Sloop John B which they sang at our set lunch in Anaheim and On The Road Again by Willie Nelson which always reminds me of the Camino and the Via Francigena.

So, thanks Aileen and until the next time…. tune into http://www.dublinsouthfm.ie/events/travel-show every Monday from 1pm-2pm.

MEET YOU ON THE RADIO AGAIN

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Meet you on the radio

I’ll tell you what The Donald is thinking

If you haven’t heard me yet… then I’m talking too quietly.

I’ll be on the radio this morning on Dublin South FM, broadcasting on 93.9FM from 2pm-3pm with the awesome Aileen Eglington.

I’ll be California Dreamin’ about my recent trip to Hollywood, West Hollywood and Anaheim and also all things Istanbul (they have a new mayor there, don’t you know and did you see all those people out celebrating in the streets). And then let’s finish it all with a prayer… the Lourdes Prayer.

And relive some of that with My Weekend With Marilyn, part one of my LA Story, the second part of which is in this Saturday’s Irish Daily Mail, while The Lourdes Prayer is also coming soon. My Weekend with Marilyn https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/22/my-weekend-with-marilyn/. Wham Bam Thank You Hamam is https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/wham-bam,-thank-you-hamam/(opens in a new tab)

Listen in to find out what three songs I choose too. And visit http://www.dublinsouthfm.ie to find out how you can hear it back. I can’t think what else you might be doing around 2pm-3pm though.

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Stumbling on another Camino

I did it my way… which was tailgating an American friar and his group from Sarria to Santiago de Compostella, the last 100km of the French Way which begins in St Jean Pied de Port.

But there is no one definitive way of doing the Camino, thank Heavens. You may prefer to follow the route from Lourdes.

I did the first stretch the easy way this time, by coach, with Lourdes rugby player Andre who is 56 but looks 36 doing the heavy lifting of the bus up the Pyrenees, and miraculously avoiding cyclists coming the other way down the middle of the road.

We visited the beguiling Cirque de Gavarnie with its crashing 434m waterfalls and 16 summits and scaled the Col du Tourmalet, the most climbed route for Tour de France cyclists where I took a breather…. sitting in the back of a coach sure takes it out of you!

And we let the cable car take the strain guiding us up the Pic du Midi to Le 2877 restaurant, the highest in Europe, where we looked out (or down) onto the peaks.

Je digresse! And you can too, off your Camino route, to take all this in before you get back on the road, over the Pyrenees and into Spain and onto Santiago.

Caminoways.com will map it all out for you. It’s basically a case of criss-crossing ways from your starting point at Lourdes, 40kms from the international airport served in the summer season by Ryanair. http://www.ryanair.com. And you’ll see the de rigeuer bar stops that so mark the Camino.

Follow http://www.caminoways.com/travel-the-camino-from-lourdes-to-santiago.

Look out for my Lourdes Prayer and Pyrenees peregrinations in future blogs.

I have recapped my Camino from a couple of years ago here… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/camino-a-pilgrims-prayer/(opens in a new tab). And look out too for what happened to me when I got to the end of the world. Coming soon.

MEET YOU ON THE WAY