February 11, Our Lady of Lourdes
May the Lord be glad in his works. — Psalm 104:31b
Mass Readings: Genesis 1:1-19/Mark 6:53-56
Today’s Gospel tells how people brought Jesus their sick as He walked through their villages. That same hope brings more than 5 million people a year to Lourdes, France, to bathe in a spring that thousands say has cured them.
The spring began flowing miraculously after 14-year-old Marie Bernarde (later Bernadette) Soubirous reported 18 apparitions of Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, from February 11 to July 16, 1858. The healings started after Mary told Bernadette to drink from and bathe in the spring. The local bishop approved the apparition in 1862 and in 1907 Pope Pius X made Our Lady of Lourdes a universal Church feast. While we can’t all go to Lourdes, we can be healed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and by asking for and granting forgiveness.
Prayer: Mary, may your loving intercession bring me the healing I need most.
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