This week Lisa Hendey shared with us how a five-week, 37-day road trip on a mini cooper to visit her other son’s graduation turned into a one-of-a-kind pilgrimage to East coast states with her 19-year old son, Adam.
One of the highlights of their trip was in Montreal where they visited the Basilica of Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal near Notre Dame College. It was constructed by Saint André Bessette, C.S.C. for St. Joseph, to whom Brother André credited all his reported miracles. The place is considered to be a place of healing both physically and spiritually for many pilgrims who are ill or handicapped.
The most memorable place for Lisa was St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s birthplace in Fonda, New York. Instead of a huge shrine, she was greeted by a small wooden chapel. She got to walk around the forest where St. Kateri used to wander and gather sticks to make little crosses she left along her walking path to remind her to pray along the way. They also visited the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs, St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York, the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame – her alma mater and where she and his husband were married, and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Notre Dame.
Another memorable experience for her was when she explored the Montreal Oratory with a holy priest, whom she just met there. The oratory usually holds more than a thousand people but at that time it was only her and the priest inside the adoration chapel.
Lisa also talked with us about her new book, ‘The Grace of Yes: Eight virtues for generous living’, wherein she wrote about how to respond to God’s call and give our yes to Him and to the world around as generously as we can. It also ties in with her trip to Rwanda where she saw how the survivors were healed through forgiveness and reconciliation between them and the perpetrators of the genocides. This made her think if they could forgive in spite of the tragedy, we should be all the more able to forgive our own petty grudges against others and be able to give that generous “Yes!” to God.
Links that we’ve talked about on the show:
- Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins (The Roman bone church)
- Lisa Hendey’s websites – catholictourist.com, catholicmom.com
- The Grace of Yes
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