OUR LADY OF LOURDES – Healing
Our Lady of Lourdes
The Virgin Mother, Mary, appeared on February 11, 1858 to a sickly child named Bernadette who was 14 years old then. It is called the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes because it is in Lourdes, France that Mary appeared.
Mary told the girl to drink of a mysterious fountain within the grotto itself, the existence of which was unknown, and of which there was no sign. On another occasion the apparition bade
Bernadette go and tell the priests she wished a chapel to be built on the spot and processions to be made to the grotto.
The grotto is being visited by many pilgrims especially those who are sick because it is believed that you will be healed. And many other miracles can happen after you visit the grotto.
What do you think about apparitions?
Our Lady of Lourdes reminds us all of one of the greatest apparitions of all times in the history of the Catholic Church and the intercession of Our Lady. In Lourdes she brought us the message of prayer and healing. Today as apparitions continues and yet so many do not believe. Are apparitions accompanied by Our Lady's tears a sign for all humanity? How about you, do you believe in apparitions? Tell us what you think. Bishops, priests and faithful have flocked to apparitions sights around the world. We live in an unstable world politically and economically. Our Lady has messages for the world: prayer, fasting, confession and conversion!
Today, the weeping of statues of Our Lady continues, recently in Sacramento, California and in Naju, Korea. You can visit www.marys-touch.com and read Church Teachings on Marian apparitions. What do you think Our Lady is concern about? Is she trying to warn us and our children because of so much war and sin in the world?
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The Power of Prayer
February is the month of healing and suffering. Hearing the words suffering and healing, we often think of people who are sick and needed to be healed through prayers and medical assistance. But let us also remember that all people experience suffering though it is not through grave sickness. Emotional and psychological problems can be considered as suffering.
Pope John Paul II's constant attention to the poor is one of the characteristics of his pontificate. In his 1984 apostolic letter "Salvifici Doloris" he addressed the Christian meaning of human suffering.
February 11 is the Feast day of OUR LADY of LOURDES, the late Pope John Paul II who is very much devoted to Blessed Mother believes in the intercession of Mary. In line with this in 1992, the Holy Father instituted the World Day of the Sick, to be observed every year on Feb. 11, liturgical memorial of the Virgin of Lourdes. In 1993 he established the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers.
WORDS OF POPE FRANCIS
"This revolution in thought and morals has often flown the 'flag of freedom,' but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.”
"It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by 'market priorities,' the 'primacy of profit', which have reduced food to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation, also of a financial nature. And while we speak of new rights, the hungry remain, in the street corner.”
Pope Francis sends message for 2015 World Day of the Sick
Pope Francis has issued a powerful message for the World Day of the Sick, which takes place on February 11th.
The Pope thanked those who care for thesick, adding that time spent with the ill, is sacred. He also calls for Catholics to embrace wisdom of the heart.
"Occasionally our world forgets the special value of time spent at the bedside of the sick, since we are in such a rush; caught up as we are in a frenzy of doing, of producing, we forget about giving ourselves freely, taking care of others, being responsible for others,” writes the Pope.
Full Text: Pope's message for the World Day of the Sick 2015
OF THE SAINTS
ST. THERESA OF THE CHILD JESUS
St. Theresa, often called the Little Flower, was born in Normandy, France, in 1873.
ST. GERARD OF BROGNE
St. Gerard was born at the end of the ninth century in France.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
St. Francis was born around 1181. As a young man in his Italian hometown of Assisi.
St. Bruno was born around 1030. This founder of the Carthusian order of monks .
BLESSED MARIE ROSE DUROCHER
Blessed Eulalie Durocher was born in 1811 in Quebec, Canada.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
It was St. Dominic in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries who encouraged everyone to say the Rosary.
St. Simeon lived in the first century. In Luke's Gospel, chapter two.
ST. DENIS AND COMPANIONS
St. Denis is very popular in France. In fact, he is considered the patron saint of France.
ST. JOHN LEONARDI
St. JOhn was born in 1541and became a pharmacist in Lucca, Italy.
ELEVEN MARTYRS OF ALMERIA, SPAIN
The Spanish civil war began in 1936. It has been described as a struggle between atheism and belief in God.
St. Kenneth who is sometimes called St. Canice or Kenny, lived in the sixth century.
ST. FELIX AND ST. CYPRIAN
Sts. Felix and Cyprian were African bishops who lived in the fifth century.
King St. Edward was one of the best loved of all the English kings.
ST. CALLISTUS I
St. Callisturi, the great pope and martyr, lived in the first part of the third century.
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
St. Teresa was born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515.
ST. MARGARET MARY
St. Margaret Mary lived in the seventeenth century. She is the famous French nun to whom Jesus showed his Sacred Heart.
ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH
St. Ignatius of Antioch has been well-known since earliest times.
St. Luke is generally believed to be a gentile doctor.
ST. ISAAC JOGUES, ST. JOHN DE BREBEUF AND COMPANIONS--THE NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS
Over three hundred years ago, six Jesuit priests and two holy laymen, all from France, died as martyrs here in North America.
ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS
Paul Danei of Ovada, Italy, was born into a family of merchants in 1694
St. Hilarion lived in the fourth century.
BLESSED TIMOTHY GIACCARDO
Joseph Giaccardo was born on June 13, 1896, in Narzole, Italy.
ST. JOHN CAPISTRANO
St. John Capistrano was born in Italy in 1386.
ST. ANTHONY CLARET
St. Anthony was born in Spain in 1807.
BLESSED RICHARD GWYN
Blessed Richard was a Welshman who lived in the sixteenth century.
St. Evaristus lived in the second century.
BLESSED CONTARDO FERRINI
Blessed Contardo was born in 1859. His father was a teacher of mathematics and physics.
ST. SIMON AND ST. JUDE
These two apostles of Jesus are honored on the same day.
St. Narcissus lived in the second and early part of the third centuries.
ST. ALPHONSUS RODRIGUEZ
St. Alphonsus, the Spanish saint, was born in 1553.
St. Foillan was an Irish monk who lived in the seventh century.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?