Thursday, February 11, 2010

Our Lady Of Lourdes

 I am the Immaculate Conception

This feast commemorates the appearances of Our Lady to Bernadette Soubiroux in France. While out collecting firewood with friends, Bernadette saw a lady she describes as being more lovely than she had ever seen. The Lady Bernadette saw in the hollow of the rock at Massabielle was clothed in white with a blue sash and a rosary hanging from her arm. After one of the apparitions, the Lady said to Bernadette: "I am the Immaculate Conception." Although the young girl did not know what this meant, the Pope declared the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception in 1854.
Countless people have made and continue to make the pilgrimage to Lourdes in faith for healing. Some receive physical healing, some receive spiritual healing.
The meditation for today in Magnificat tells the story of Zelie Martin, mother of Therese of Liseux. She had made the pilgrimage to Lourdes in the hope of being healed of her ailments. When she returned home and realized that this was not to be God's will, she prayed to Our Lady for her daughters, that Our Lady would protect and watch over them. This our Blessed Mother and Our Lord surely did for each of those young girls would enter the convent where they would devote their lives to prayer and service to Christ.
May mothers today pray  for their own children as Zelie Martin did for hers. Our Blessed Mother will receive those prayers into her maternal heart and take them to her Son who will refuse her nothing.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

1 comment:

Anne said...

Thank you for sharing the story of Zelie Martin-I had never heard that before. My mom who died from a brain tumor, suffered for years before discovering what her ailment was. She made the trip to Lourdes looking for relief from her physical pains but did not receive any. However, her spiritual gains must have been many! It's nice to know that she was in good company!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.