11th February: Our Lady of Lourdes

Featured: Our Lady of Lourdes

Every year millions of people from all religions and no religion, travel to France to visit the site of Lourdes. It was there that the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared on 11th February 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous, a poor 14yr old peasant.

At first the young girl and her friends kept the visions secret but news soon spread and a further seventeen were recorded. The events attracted the attention of people from afar, as well as government officials. All efforts to prevent or cast doubt on them failed. Indeed, because the apparitions were so well scrutinised and documented both then and now, the volume of concrete evidence gathered by experts from all fields make them more irrefutable. Numerous miracles were soon reported from the site of the apparitions and they continue to happen today. The miracles are often associated with a spring from which water first flowed when the Blessed Virgin Mary asked Bernadette to scrape dirt away from ground nearby.

Bernadette joined the Sisters of Charity in Nevers and died at the young age of 35yrs. Her body was exhumed many years later and found not to have decomposed. It was placed in a new casket and displayed in the Chapel of St Bernadette.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

060713 Blessed VirginEdit 70Short Quote: The Blessed Virgin Mary said to Bernadette, “I do not promise to make you happy in this life but in the next”.

Thoughts: “Hundreds of miracles happen every day at Lourdes”, a friend once said to me. “Hundreds, I replied”. “Yes, they come here and, make peace with their God”.

Private Reflection: Mary, help me to move a little closer to Jesus today; small steps and one day at a time!

Prayer: Memorare
Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to Thy protection,
implored Thy help or sought Thy intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,
I fly onto Thee O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;
to Thee I come; before Thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful,
O Mother of the word incarnate,
despise not my petitions;
but in Thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Mary Queen of Heaven: Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: Salve Regina

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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