Friends of the Rosary:
We celebrate the Memorial Day of Our Lady of Lourdes today, marking the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858.
Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared eighteen times to fourteen-year-old very poor shepherdess Marie Bernade Soubirous, St. Bernadette, in a grotto in Lourdes, France.
On March 25, on the feast of the Annunciation, the Most Holy Virgin said to St. Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and many cures and conversions have taken place.
The message of Lourdes is a call to personal conversion, prayer, and charity.
Today, February 11, we also celebrate the World Day of the Sick, proclaimed by Pope John Paul II thirty-one years ago.
The Church considers it appropriate to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on this day during a Mass or Liturgy of the Word. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is only to be given to “those of the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age.”
This Sacrament must not be given indiscriminately to all who take part in Masses for the sick.
February 7-14 marks National Marriage Week.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for Us!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York