The theme for HCPT’s 2018 Easter and Summer pilgrimage is “You Are Special”. It has been developed by ASCPG (American Special Children’s Pilgrimage Group – HCPT’s sister organisation in the United States).

God created each one of us to be one of a kind, a perfect likeness of himself. We know that God has plans for us, plans for good to give us a future and to giveus hope. How great is the love of God for his children! The love that he shines down on us, that we should be called his children! And that is what we are!

One day Jesus was walking through the city with the Apostles when he saw a man blind from birth. They asked Him, “Who sinned, this blind man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:1-3) God sees us all as one, not as being able to do things or disabled. He sees his children as the  perfect creation made for his purpose, as it was intended. We all have our part, no matter who we are.

It’s just like our bodies: though there are many parts, it forms one body and so it is with Christ. God put our bodies together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part
suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. In coming together in our uniqueness, in our frailty and in our caring for each other, in the good times and the not so good, we become  stronger in our faith and richer in our love for each other.

During our week in Lourdes, may you find that everything about you has a special place in the special purpose that God has made you for. “You Are Special” in so many ways. And God has made you this way.