Blog Posts

What really happened in the baths at Lourdes

June 1, 2017

Awkwardness! Confusion! Doubt! Our time in the baths was the beginning of the story, not the end.


The sick and the suffering are a powerful icon of Christ

May 26, 2017

Everywhere we went in Lourdes, the gaze of the beloved was turned upon us. The effect of this gaze, on both the bestower and the object, was transformative.


One, holy, catholic, apostolic

May 24, 2017

On Sunday, we attended one of the weirdest, most uplifting Masses of my life in the ugliest basilica I have ever seen. It was a gorgeous mess.


A visit to Our Lady’s house

May 16, 2017

A pleasant springtime stroll through the Grotto of Massabielle turned out to be a revelation.

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7QT: 7 Days in Lourdes with the Order of Malta (and Cardinal Dolan!)

May 12, 2017

A quick overview of our not-so-quick trip… just enough to leave you wanting more.

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The privilege of praying for others

April 29, 2017

This week, I have been chatting with various members of the Order of Malta as we prepare for our upcoming pilgrimage. Every single one of them has offered some variation on this theme: “Oscar’s presence will be such a blessing to us. It is our privilege to pray for you.” This seemed, at first, quite…

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A Sabbath year

April 27, 2017

A few weeks ago, I got an email from another special needs mom, someone I don’t know directly but who knows many of my friends. She got in touch with me because someone had suggested taking her son to Lourdes, which made her remember our upcoming pilgrimage, which made her get in touch to ask…

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Suffering, redemption, and standing in the gap

April 21, 2017

The darkness never wins. The suffering cannot prevail. But that does not mean the suffering is not real, that it did not happen.


In God’s hands, or how to live in a state of chronic hypervigilance

March 29, 2017

Research has shown that people who multitask suffer huge performance hits. My whole life is one long multitask. I live in a near-constant state of hypervigilance.


The way of the mustard seed: Dying to the self you thought you were

March 18, 2017

Something good is stripped back, and back, and back, until all that remains is a tiny, unrecognizable fragment of its barest essence. But from that tiny, barren beginning, something good may yet grow.

Christy Wilkens

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