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Monday, February 11, 2008

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

In 1858 the Mother of Jesus began to appear to Bernadette in a grotto near Lourdes in France. Mary is honored there under the title, Immaculate Conception, an unique gift of God fitting for one who was to be the Mother of Jesus. Many go there to pray and their faith has healed many who believe that God uses the waters of the grotto's spring to heal.
I was in Lourdes for Pentecost Sunday one year and found the faith of the thousands who took part in the Liturgy and the candlelight procession on the eve. People come from all over the world to pray to Mary.

Tomorrow I will tell you a bit about the gathering of the last few days here in Miami of 24 RSCJs who prayed, shared, and played together for three nights. Everyone was moved by the depth of sharing and the union that was felt among us from the first night.

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