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2020 Jubilee 2021
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 01/10


ON ACCOUNT OF THE PANDEMIC
CARDINAL SEAN HAS EXTENDED
THE JUBILEE YEAR TO JUNE 2022


MIRACLES OF LOURDES AND THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

 

(Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, an Anglican convert to Catholicism, made a pilgrimage to Lourdes on its 50th Jubilee Year, 1908. Here he describes watching the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament moving along the lines of very sick people and the miracles which occurred on that day.)

IN FACT, LOURDES, AS A WHOLE, IS AN EXCELLENT LITTLE COMPENDIUM OF CATHOLIC THEOLOGY AND GOSPEL TRUTH. There was once a marriage feast, and the Mother of Jesus was there with her Son. There was no wine. She told her Son what He already knew; He seemed to deprecate her words; but He obeyed them, and the water became wine.  

There is at Lourdes not a marriage feast, but something very like a deathbed. The Mother of Jesus is there with her Son. It is she again who takes the initiative. “Here is water,” she seems to say; “dig, Bernadette, and you will find it.” But it is no more than water. Then she turns to her Son. “They have water,” she says, “but no more.” And then He comes forth in His power. “Draw out now from all the sick beds of the world and bear them to the Governor of the Feast. Use the commonest things in the world— physical pain and common water. Bring them together, and wait until I pass by.” Then Jesus of Nazareth passes by; and the sick leap from their beds, and the blind see, and the lepers are cleansed, and devils are cast out. Oh, yes! the parallel halts; but is it not neat enough? “
Seigneur, guérissez nos malades!”
(Lord, heal our sick!)
“Salut des Infirmes, priez pour nous!”
(Health of the Sick, pray for us!)

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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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