Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11th of February 2015

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on the 11th of February.

On this important Feast Day, here are my thoughts:

AT LOURDES AS THE IMMACULATE-

The French Shrine of Lourdes is famous and known throughout the world. In this picturesque French Town which is at the foot of the Pyrenees, Our Lady appeared eighteen times to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.

Confirming the dogma proclaimed by Blessed Pope Pius, the Ninth four years earlier, the Mother of God spoke to the little visionary and presented herself as "The Immaculate Conception".

She was required to go to the River Gave to where the water miraculously gushed out in which millions of pilgrims bathe and are miraculously cured of many sicknesses as has been established by a rigorous Medical Centre.

Even at Lourdes, Our Lady left a Message. "Penance, Penance, Penance".

Don Bosco - that great Marian Saint of the nineteenth century told his boys of Valdocco of these miraculous events during the novena of the Immaculate Conception in the year 1858.

Therefore, while the world changed in the nineteenth century, Our Lady visited us.

She presented herself in splendid, matchless, and indescribable beauty as all the seers attested.

She understood that history could take an unfortunate twist and that people could forget God, misuse their freedom, causing very grave suffering, destruction, and death.

Is that not what is happening today ??

Rene Laurentin, a great Mariologist explains that Mother Mary, being the closest to Christ is in the communion of Saints, closest to the members of his Mystical Body, the Church.

For this reason, she visits us in order to help prevent irreparable disaster from destroying Christians in particular and the whole world in general.

She incessantly repeats, albeit in different words, what she said at Cana in Galilee: "Do whatever he tells you".

Credits and References :

1) Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
     April 2012, Vol- 13, No - 12
     "Mary's Visits" by Roberto Spataro
       Page 29

2) Official Website of Our Lady of Lourdes, France

http://en.lourdes-france.org/

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