Today we discussed the significance of Beaumont-Hamel and Courcelette. We also visited Notre-Dame-de-Lorette—France's monument to the fallen soldiers at La Somme.
I was most touched by the visit to Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. I think perhaps it was the cross at the church which really resonated with me today. I felt peace, sadness, and hope. The crosses at the monuments were calming to me.
Upon entering the chapel, I felt hope and security. I felt the love of a Higher Power and a strong urge to pray for all the fallen. I felt safe and loved and felt the same for the fallen.
I am struggling with the constant feeling of inadequacy. How do we learn, how do we come to know ourselves, how do we have landmarks in our minds, How as we "stand" on anything if, like the battlefield of La Somme, THERE IS NO SOLID GROUND?? Where is the solid ground??
Must we wallow in the mud? Can we not put our trust in anything?
- Submitted by Lorelei