We covered many miles today, leaving early from Lisieux through the rolling hills of the Normandy region to its southwestern end and the fabled island of Mont St-Michel. No longer do pilgrims and tourists wait for low tide and pray to dodge the quicksand to reach the island: one simply packs into a shuttle bus, or walks or bikes a long pedestrian path and bridge. We then walked up winding, cobbled streets, lined with restaurants, shops and history museums. Some of us continued to walk up many more steps, rewarded with open views across to the mainland.
Clear blue skies and temperatures approaching 80 degrees prepared us all the more to regather for Mass in the Abbey church singing, "For the Beauty of the Earth".
We are grateful to Meridith, Stephanie and Kathy for reading, offering the intercessions and serving at communion.
After Mass and a break for lunch or further exploring, we shuttled back to the bus, in order to traverse northward to the Normandy beaches.