Lighting Candles in Paris

by Weekend In Paris

It has always been my habit to light candles in churches in Europe, but most especially in Paris. When I travel I feel a mixture of excitement and gratitude with a tinge of guilt. It is probably my Catholic upbringing that makes me feel conflicted.

I feel extremely lucky for the ability and good fortune to be able to experience different cultures. I try to never forget those who are suffering worldwide. Often it’s my gratitude that brings me to these houses of worship to light a candle in remembrance of family and friends who are no longer living or to help those who are suffering with personal struggles.

Each trip I dedicate my “lighting” for a specific purpose or to help lift up those who are hurting. While in France, I never truly relax until the ritual is complete. Then, as you all know, I am off to enjoy the rest of my journey – usually seeking out a great red wine and tasty Parisian pastries.

Looking back at all these photos makes me realize just how old I am, but I still smile because it means that I have been true to my commitment to think of others while abroad.

1999 Showing my kids how to perform the ritual at Notre Dame.
Elizabeth lighting a candle for her special intention.
2012 Still lighting candles.
2019 Palm Sunday, the day before Notre Dame burned
2015 Notre Dame candles in front of a Rosetta window
Candles to remember our loved ones in Eze, France
1998 Lighting candles in Notre Dame

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