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a prolongation of your prayers

26 Sep

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When I was preparing to leave Lourdes I lit a candle for all of you and for all of your intentions. The candle itself does not pray; it cannot pray. But it is a sign that prayer for you and your intentions continues. May we continue to pray for each other, and for the needs of all, especially those most in need and for those who have no one to pray for them.

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see it and hear it

26 Sep

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In the grotto at Lourdes water can be seen flowing from the same spring from which Bernadette drank, and from which we can still drink the waters of Lourdes, or as rolls off our lips more naturally, Lourdes water. If you would like to “hear” the water, go to my YouTube channel: MilfordAndrewPastor. The waters are supposed to have healing powers. “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

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“for my grandfather” – Lucas

26 Sep

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Among the prayers prayed and left at Lourdes was this one from Lucas for his grandfather.

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left at Lourdes

26 Sep

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It was here in the grotto of Lourdes I placed all the notes and prayer intentions that I carried to Lourdes for others. It was an odd sensation: I didn’t want to give them up.

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bead by bead, word by word

26 Sep

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Sitting at the grotto at Lourdes, with mom’s twenty decade rosary in my hands, having untangled it out of mom’s embroidered little purse, working my way seat by seat to the first seat in the front row of the benches before the grotto, I fingered all 200 beads one by one, through all four sets of mysteries, in a steady and reflecting way, as I paused before, on and after each bead with just one word or phrase of the Hail Mary:

1. Hail Mary
2. full of grace
3. the Lord is with you
4. blessed are you among women
5. and blessed is the fruit of your womb
6. Jesus
7. holy Mary, Mother of God
8. pray for us sinners
9. now
10. and at the hour of our death

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not the grotto in South Bend

26 Sep

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No, this is not a Mass taking place in “the grotto” at Notre Dame University, but at the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes.

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her shoes and rosary

26 Sep

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On display in the “cachot” are the cape, shoes and rosary of (Saint) Bernadette. I have become fascinated with this young girl-saint. Nice photo, huh?

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you know nothing

26 Sep

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Bernadette was not very bright, to say the least. She was uneducated about the things of God and found learning very difficult. In a movie about her, the parish priest who was preparing her for first communion said, in a striking line with striking insight, “You know nothing but you understand everything.” Poor, uneducated, a little girl who was nothing in the sight of all in her world! Why was she chosen to be the one to whom “The Lady” would appear? How does that cause us to think about why God gives us what he gives to us?

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the cachot

26 Sep

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Following bankruptcy the Soubirous family little by little fell into misery: unemployment, insecurity, expulsion from their home. They lived in a one room “foul and dirty hovel” that used to be a prison, six people in a small room. It was from this place that Bernadette, age 14, went forth on 11 February 1858, having no idea that on that day she would see the Blessed Mother.

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crowned Queen

26 Sep

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The fifth glorious mystery: Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.