Monthly Archives: February 2014
In this shrine at Lourdes, to which the Christians of the whole world have turned their gaze since the Virgin Mary caused hope and love to shine here by giving pride of place to the sick, the poor and the little ones, we are invited to discover the simplicity of our vocation:
IT IS ENOUGH TO LOVE *
(quote from Pope Benedict’s homilia- Lourdes 13.09.2008)
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( * It is the answer which Bernadette made to an eminent member of the clergy who had questioned her about the best way to live one’s Christian life -ndlr)
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HERE watch the beautiful film by Jean Delannoy (1988)
Almighty and ever loving Father, You who love every man, we pray You to help us in our weakness as we are celebrating Mary, the Immaculate Virgin and Mother of God. Grant us, by her intercession, to be healed from our sins. We pray You in the name of your beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
On March 25th, 1858, day of the sixteenth apparition (Mary will eventually appear 18th times), Bernadette goes to the Grotto where, on the initiative of abbot Peyramale, priest of Lourdes , she asks ” the Lady ” to say her name. By three times, Bernadette asks the question. At the fourth request, ” the Lady ” answers her in local dialect : “Que soy era Immaculada Counceptiou“, that means in English ” I am the Immaculate Conception “. Bernadette did not understand immediately the meaning of this word. The Immaculate Conception, as defined by the Church, is ” Mary conceived without sin, thanks to the merits of the Cross of the Christ ” (définition of the dogma promulgated in 1854). Bernadette goes immediately to the Priest’s to tell him ” the Lady’s name “. He understands immediately that it is the Mother of God who appears in the Grotto.
Four years after the Apparitions, on 18th January 1862, the Bishop of Tarbes recognises the Apparitions as authentic in the name of the Church.
Some other quotes of what Mary said to Bernadette :
Would you do me the kindness of coming here for 15 days?”
I do not promise to make you happy in this world but in the other.”
“Go to the spring, drink of it and wash yourself there”.
Go, tell the priests to come here in procession and build a chapel here.”
The Lady says her name: “Que soy era Immaculada Counceptiou”
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Rejoice, Tree of life. Rejoice, the spring of grace and immortality, the fountain sealed by the Holy Spirit.Rejoice, the protector of the afflicted, the delivery from the curse, you through whom JOY was revealed to the world.
Strong is your power over the One who arose from you, Jesus-Christ, the Son of the Living God.Rejoice, you are my strength in my weakness, my wealth in my poverty, my relief in my pain.
Fulfill my prayer, ô You, mere Joy for each of us !
Because you are the smile of God, the reflection of the light of Christ, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, Because you chose Bernadette in her lowliness, because you are the morning star, the gate of heaven and the first creature to experience the resurrection,
Our Lady of Lourdes, with our brothers and sisters whose hearts and bodies are in pain, we pray to you!
Pope Benedict XVI
The Second Vatican Council presented Mary as the figure in whom the entire mystery of the Church is typified (cf. Lumen Gentium, 63-65). Her personal journey outlines the profile of the Church, which is called to be just as attentive to those who suffer as she herself was.
The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, which falls on 2 February, celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, it is sometimes called Hypapante (Ὑπαπαντή, lit., ‘Meeting’ in Greek). Other traditional names include Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, and the Meeting of the Lord.
Having their understanding based on God and keeping the Law of the Lord, on the fortieth day when the days of purification were complete, His parents took Jesus to Jerusalem so that they could present Him before the Lord and offer sacrifice for Him according to the decree in the Law of the Lord. But we sing out to thee, O Theotokos, thus:
Rejoice, for thou didst take the Creator of the universe to the Temple in
Jerusalem to fulfill the Law!
Rejoice, for thou didst there meet the Elder Simeon with joy!
Rejoice, thou only Pure and blessed one among women!
Rejoice, for with humility Thou didst carry thy cross adorned with sorrows!
Rejoice, for thou didst never disobey the will of God!
Rejoice, for thou didst reveal thyself as a model of patience and humility!
For over 30 years, Lord Jean Zoa, black bishop of Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Pope Jean-Paul II sent us in an environment of extreme poverty (Colombia-Equateur-St Domingo), where the moms are in the material obligation to prostitute themselves. For them, we participated in the creation of 137 training centers of the Sisters Adoratrices so that they can learn a real job which allows them to recover their feminine dignity without hearing nevertheless their children say ” mom, I am hungry! ” (see Mission in Colombia).
Let’s listen to this Mom taken out of prostitution give her testimony :
My God, tenderly asleep between my arms
My child cuddled up against my thumping heart,
I worship in my hands and dandle amazed,
The marvel, o God, that you gave me.
What could I give you back, me on whom fell
Your Grace ? O God, I smile to myself
For I also had, poor and limited as I am,
I had a grace and gave it to You.
(free translation from Marie-Noël’s poem)