A Reflection on Lourdes and Healing; Post Abortive Families Must Seek

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

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Reflection on the Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah

I am just blown away from the amazing word of God. Last week it was Paul’s letter to the Church of Corinth. This past Sunday it is the Prophet Jeremiah.

Here’s the full reading:

The word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

But do you gird your loins;
stand up and tell them
all that I command you.
Be not crushed on their account,
as though I would leave you crushed before them;
for it is I this day
who have made you a fortified city,
a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,
against the whole land:
against Judah’s kings and princes,
against its priests and people.
They will fight against you but not prevail over you,
for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD. Jer 1:4-5, 17-19

I find it perfect timing as we have seen in recent headlines with how states under Catholic in name only pro-aborts wants to allow abortion up until they baby is born alive. Have we forgotten the Kermit Gosnell? It seems Cuomo, Northam,  and many other are okay with the killing of innocent life in the mother’s womb. We need to take time to realize that we were created by the love of God.  God knew us at the moment we were conceived.  Have we had the opportunity to give thanks for being created?

Life is a beautiful gift. Let’s cherish it.