Thursday, February 11, 2010

Our Lady of Lourdes

This being the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, I thought I would share an excerpt from today's meditation in the Magnificat, and which is also recounted in the Magnificat Book, The Miracle of Lourdes


"Later, at the moment of plunging into the pool, Mrs. Louis Martin shivered with all her limbs. How icy the marble seemed! How hostile this clear water seemed despite the warmth of a June afternoon! Lost in the crowd of pilgrims, an anonymous mother of a future illustrious saint, St. Therese of Lisieux, Zelie abandoned herself to the hope of a physical healing for which her daughters prayed with all their might by her side. In the Martin family, prayer was as essential to the soul as oxygen to the lungs.

"Our Lady of Lourdes, protect them, watch over them," she prayed.

Our Lady and her Son would see to it. They would have all these free and happy young women enter convents where they would be able to devote their lives to prayer, in keeping with their wishes."


St. Bernadette is my patron saint - I took her name at Confirmation and every day that I am privileged to receive Holy Communion, I call upon her as well as St. Therese to pray for us.

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