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An Ottawa Pilgrimage

Elizabeth Jane Fraser, CND

From the three corners of our “universe” (Ottawa), three cars challenged traffic on the afternoon of Friday, September 5th. They were on their pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Lourdes Grotto, a 104 year-old jewel secluded in a hidden precinct behind the “real world” in Notre-Dame de Lourdes Parish of the present-day sector of Vanier, an ancient francophone milieu formerly known as Eastview. The grotto is a quietly beautiful oasis in which to beseech, give thanks and be mesmerized. The elements worked their best against the pilgrims threading their way hither, providing fire-works to accompany the deluge of rain. Then they arrived, three lone cars with their seven passengers! The elements got beyond their tantrum and the sun filtered through the foliage. Two of us remained in a car and over-looked the proceedings of the other five and all gave thanks for the liberation of Gilberte and companions and dreamed of peace and concord in the world “outside.” Then we shared a table in a local restaurant saying “That was wonderful!”


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