Saturday, February 11, 2017

Three Lessons from Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes teaches – and Bernadette Soubirous understood clearly – three lessons for the sick: presence, healing, and sacrifice.


“Drink from the spring and wash in it,” said the beautiful Lady. At her command Bernadette Soubirous, the little shepherdess of Lourdes, looked around for a spring. There wasn’t one. So she scratched at the loose gravel. Then from the murky water that appeared she first drank and then washed her face. She must have looked ridiculous. But in the following days the puddle became running water and then a stream. Since that day in 1858 countless pilgrims have bathed in and been healed by the waters of that spring. These waters and their healing power (sixty-nine documented miracles) are some of the most immediate and enduring fruits of our Lady’s appearance at Lourdes.

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