Sunday, February 11, 2024

Above all: centers of devotion to the Eucharist...

 The Lord's Day is the lord of days.
but also remembering.. 
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes*
February 11
32nd World Day of the Sick

 Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, France
“All the shrines of Mary,
scattered throughout the world,
have become above all
centers of devotion to the Eucharist,
as if the Mother of Jesus had appeared,
here or there,
in order to lead the faithful to the
adoration and love of her blessed Son.”

Pope St John XXIII
.  ______________________________

*Lourdes, France, has become a place of pilgrimage and healing, 
but even more of faith.  It is a continuation of Jesus’ healing miracles. 
Many who visit Lourdes return home with renewed 
faith and a readiness to more generously serve God. 
There still may be people who doubt the apparitions of Lourdes 
Perhaps the best that can be said are the words
 that introduce the film, Song of Bernadette:

"For those who believe in God, 
no explanation is necessary.

For those who do not believe, 
no explanation is possible."


Only known picture of St Bernadette at the Grotto
(taken after the apparitions of 1858)

Our Lady of Lourdes, 
pray for us, 
and especially the sick and  suffering!

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