17-19th May, 61st International Military Pilgrimage

Published on 15 May 2019 - 10:41

Since 1958, the date of the first International Military Pilgrimage in Lourdes, the military have been loyally attending this great and unique international event in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

“Seek peace and pursue it” Ps 34, 15

As Pope Francis writes in his message for the 52nd World Day of Peace: “Offering peace is at the heart of the mission of the disciples of Christ.” This theme again illustrates the triptych: fraternity, peace, hope.

Peace, a gift from God

In the scriptures, peace is the gift of God to men. Even today, this beautiful gift is in our hands. There is no perfect peace, but we all have the freedom to advance it.

Inner Peace

The question of forgiveness requested, implored, received from others and from God in the context of the sacrament of reconciliation is central. Peace is the fruit of justice and charity.

Peace for others and with creation

Peace at all levels requires the restoration of dialogue. For Pope Francis, peace is not gentle but energetic. It is embodied in our abrupt physical world where desperation and despair continue to grow. Let us be witnesses of hope and disseminators of peace in our daily lives. We wish you a wonderful and holy pilgrimage.

                                                                                                                   Arnault Berrone, chaplain and director of the IMP