Pilgrimage to the
Lands of Dominic - 1985
By: Barbara Cooper
Encountering a beggar on the street disturbed me. I didn't know
how to respond! Why???
We start out at 9 a.m. for Carcasonne and Prouille.
Carcassone is a walled city, with narrow winding streets of cobblestone.
There is no place to change my money into francs so I experience first
hand what it is to be a mendicant and in community. I have to borrow
money in order to have lunch! And I don't get to buy one of the little
ceramic pigs that are for sale....
The story is that one of the neighboring towns laid
siege to Carcasonne. In the battle, the mayor was killed and his wife
took leadership. She ordered all the remaining pigs to be stuffed with
corn and thrown over the wall at the enemy. (No Humane Society in those
days!) The enemy saw the beseiged city throwing food at them, concluded
the city was well stocked and not liable to be starved out, so they
We went to the Cathedral where Dominic had preached.
Walking these streets and being on this pilgrimage make me aware again
of his presence. Dominic is becoming, not a plaster saint, but a living,
breathing human being.
Aerial view of the Citadel
General View of Citadel from north-west
Approximately 5 p.m. we arrive at
Prouille and stay with the nuns. The convents seems to me to be an
integral part of the town. We pray Vespers and Compline together.