Today February 11th is revered as the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Today marks 161 years since the Blessed Mother appeared to St Bernadette Soubirous. She was 14 years old and her faith was lukewarm.
“I am the Immaculate Conception” the Blessed Mother tells Bernadette on the feast of the Annunciation. Prior to the revelation of her identity, Bernadette began a series of visits to the Grotto that we know of today. She would even convince the priests in the town to build a church on top of the grotto that she appears.
On Feb. 24, 250 people saw Bernadette break into tears, but only she heard the woman’s message: “Penance! Penance! Penance! Pray to God for sinners. Go, kiss the ground for the conversion of sinners.”
I had the opportunity to visit the shrine in 2011. I was blown away at the quiet, holy atmosphere. I still remember processing with a candle in hand during a rosary procession around town my last night there. I even remember getting submerged into the bath of Lourdes though I was shivering from start to finish and even bringing home waters from the springs.
The importance of Lourdes is that we must heal from the wounds brought forth by the culture of death. I mention this to anyone who has in any way been affected by the scourge of abortion.
Let us pray:
Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen