FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES (Feb 11)
On February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, identifying herself as the “Immaculate Conception.” Appearing to the young Bernadette in a pure white gown and mantle, with an azure blue girdle 18 times during that year, Mary called on people to personal conversion, prayer, and charity. As years went by, more and more people visited the place to seek the maternal intercession of Mary. Numerous miracles are attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin at Lourdes, prompting the Church to celebrate universally a feast in her honor. Today, the Grotto where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on February 11, 1858, is still being frequented by pilgrims from various parts of the world, especially those who are praying for healing of mind and body.
Blessed John Paul II, several years ago, declared February 11 also as a time set aside for prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering for the salvation of souls. In his message to the people of God, Pope Francis said: “The Church sees in you, dear people, the special presence of Christ.” He went on to say that God gives us the courage to face each adversity with him and united to Him.
The Holy Father exhorted all Christians to treat all the unwell and the elderly with tenderness and compassion. Mary, the Pope said, is the model of Christian charity and we can see in her not only her attentiveness to the voice of God but also to the needs of God’s children.
We pray to Our Lady of Lourdes to intercede for us to God that He may grant us healing in all aspects of our lives and give us total well-being. We also pray for those who are in any way afflicted, that they may find meaning in their misery. May they face their condition with firm faith in God and courage to offer it for the redemption of all. May they experience the warmth of God’s love and compassion by our tenderness and solidarity with them. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL!
-TEMPO FLASH- (Fr. Abet Uy)
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