Lourdes Part I: Our Prayer Intentions

I arrived in Lourdes, France on July 31st and left on August 6th.

(I learned that Lourdes is pronounced “Lourd” in French.)

It was a special experience that I’m grateful for. It still seems surreal that God permitted us to go!

Lourdes is a beautiful place, and I hope to return someday.

I’ve been reflecting on my time there, and I’m sure I’ll continue this process for a while…

Since so much occurred during the pilgrimage — and so much is continuing to unfold — I plan to write about it in pieces.

In this post, I’ll share how my friend and I presented our prayer intentions (both your intentions and mine).

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The Queenship of Mary

Today, August 22nd the Church celebrates the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

From the earliest ages of the catholic church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen (Venerable Pius XII, Ad Caeli Reginam 1).

During my recent pilgrimage in Lourdes, I witnessed Mary’s Queenship being honored in a number of ways.

One event stood out to me the most. I’d like to share it with you because it connects to today’s feast.

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Lourdes: A Place of Healing and Grace

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor teenage girl named Bernadette Soubirous on February 11, 1858.

Between February 11th and July 16th, she appeared eighteen times in the Grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, France.

Several years ago, I was reading about the events in Lourdes and discovered these words from the Blessed Mother to Bernadette:

“I do not promise you happiness in this world, but in the next.”

When I read those words, they pierced my soul.

From that moment on, I’ve felt a strong connection to St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Even though I never seriously considered going to Lourdes, something changed recently.

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