Sunday, February 10, 2008

Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11 is the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes

Catholic Culture has prayers, readings and activities for the day.

Today marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared eighteen times, and showed herself to St. Bernadette in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes. On March 25 she said to the little shepherdess who was only fourteen years of age: "I am the Immaculate Conception." Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and many cures and conversions have taken place. The message of Lourdes is a call to personal conversion, prayer, and charity.

And don't forget the plenary indulgence!

PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF LOURDES

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