August 14, 2022
With the feast of Our Lady coming tomorrow I would like to share some thoughts on Our Lady of Lourdes. On February 11, 1858, in Lourdes, France, a mysterious and beautiful lady appeared to a poor girl who was in bad health named Bernadette Soubirous. The lady encouraged Bernadette to pray and offer penance for sinners. When Bernadette shared news of this apparition, many did not believe her. The parish priest asked what the woman’s name was. On March 25, 1858 Bernadette asked the lady her name. The beautiful lady identified herself as “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Just a few years before, on December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX declared the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. However, it was nearly impossible for Bernadette to have known this. Bernadette would pray the Rosary with the lady. While praying the Rosary, the heavenly lady would listen to Bernadette pray the Hail Mary and she would pray join her in the Glory Be. I can not help but think this is how the Lord works. He sent his mother to a humble girl who was dealing with suffering and entrusted to her the mission to build a Church on that space in Lourdes. That is the way of God.
The Lord and his mother ask us to pray, offer penance for sinners, and to share the message of the Gospel with others. Sometimes, we can focus on our limitations that prevent us from doing God’s will or following His guidance. However, remember St. Bernadette Soubirous who had to deal with many challenges. She trusted in God and so should we. Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us.
Tomorrow, Monday, August 15 on the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption, we celebrate Mass 8:30 AM at Holy Cross and at 6:30 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows. Please note however, since this year the feast occurs on a Monday it is not a holy day of obligation. If you have not yet joined the Rosary Crusade, please consider signing up, joining this important work of prayer.
Join us next weekend, on Sunday, August 21 at 9:30 AM in Our Mother of Sorrows Parish Hall for a special conversation on the Eucharist.
Peace, Fr. Coffas
Pastor of Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows
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