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Our Lady of Lourdes

Fr. Walter Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

March 01, 2017
   
 

MK 7: 34-30                                                                                                                                

SAM           8:00 AM   

SAM =  St Augustine Monastery, Nova Scotia,  Canada  

IN THE SOUTWESTERN corner of France...there is a small stream...which passes through a picturesque

hemmed in by the Pyranees Mountains.   15 TIMES the beautiful Lady appeared to a little country girl by the name of BERNADETTE SOUBIROU.  She asked the Lady many times.....what was her Name.   Finally she told Bernadette...& through her to the whole World.  She said “I am the Immaculate Conception”.

AFTER 4 YEARS to make sure the apparitions of OUR LADY OF LOURDES....had indeed occurred, the Church approved of the devotions of the SMALL STREAM leading into the RIVER GAVE.   The People

at first built a small GROTTO.   Since then the small stream has become the World famous LOURDES of FRANCE....the scene of countless Miracles...& the CENTER of Christian Hopes, Prayers & Marian devotion.

ONE CAN REACH OUT......& almost Touch & Feel the Presence of Heaven itself at Lourdes!  In good weather...60 to 70,000 people from all over the world....gather twice a day...in Procession with Lit Candles....with a Priest, Bishop or Cardinal carrying the Blessed Sacrament...& everyone singing the AVE MARIA in praise of the Mother of God.

PEOPLE WITH ALL KINDS of Illnesses & Sickness assemble daily at LOURDES.   Their Faces radiate Faith, Hope & Prayer.  It is indeed difficult for Aeatheists...& Non-Catholics to remain Unmoved, Un-shaken .....& Un-impressed by what they see taking place at this great Shrine of devotion to our Heavenly Mother Mary.

THE MOTHER OF GOD appeared to a Country Girl...to tell us she wanted to be called....... THE IMMACULATE  CONCEPTION.  The Year was 1858.  Just FOUR years before that... December 8, 1854 Pope Pius IX  had Solemnly pronounced the DEFINED DOGMA of the Immaculate Conception that the Blessed Virgin Mary.....means just that!

TO PROVE that the Pope was right in PROCLAMING this Defined Dogma of our Faith...a DOCTRINE which has been held by all the Faithful from the very beginning of Christianity itself...Mary appeared to Bernadette, a peasant girl,....who didn’t even know what the words “Immaculate Conception” even meant!

THE EXACT WORDING of Pope Pius IX’s....is as follows:  THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY...”from the first instant of her Conception, by a singular privilege and Grace granted by God,...in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the Human Race,....was preserved free from all stain of Original Sin.”

GOD continues to show His approval of our Devotion to His Mother under this Title.

THERE ARECOUNTLESS numbers of Churches, Chapels, Schools, Academies.... & Institutions dedicated to ...God’s Mother under this Title.  The Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States.

It also has a special meaning for me....both as a Priest....& as an Augustinian.

MATERIALLY SPEAKING America’s devotion to its Protectress is the Magnificent Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  Our Augustinian Major Seminary (Augustinian College)....at that time was right across the street from the National Shrine...along with about 30 other Major Seminaries....of all the Religious Orders & Congregations...surrounding the Catholic University Campus.

OUR CLASS OF 26 OSA ORDINANDI...was the largest among all those to be Ordained from all these Religious groups.   This Class was the very first group to be Ordained in the UPPER CHURCH on September 10, 1961.

THERE WAS A QUESTION of whether the Shrine would be ready for our Ordination Ceremony...as they were still installing the Loud Speaker system...& it came right down to the wire!   HOW MANY FAVORS have come to us through Mary?  Today more than ever.....we all need Mary Immaculate! 

                          WE PRAY THAT SHE WILL PROTECT US FROM ALL ENEMIES...

               BOTH FROM WITHIN & FROM WITHOUT...BOTH MATERIAL & SPIRITUAL....

SO THAT THE PEACE OF HER DIVINE SON MAY REIGN IN EVERY HEART, HOME &

   
 
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