On-Going Instruction in the Principles of Christianity
2020 Jubilee 2021
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 01/17
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.)
Then there is another point that I should like to make in the presence of “Evangelical” Christians who shake their heads over Mary’s part in the matter. It is this—that for every miracle that takes place in the piscines [the baths], I should guess that a dozen take place while That which we believe to be Jesus Christ goes by. Catholics, naturally, need no such reassurance; they know well enough from interior experience that when Mary comes forward Jesus does not retire! But for those who think as some Christians do, it is necessary to point out the facts. And again I have before me as I write the little card of [short prayers] that are used in the procession. There are twenty-four in all. Of these, twenty-one are addressed to Jesus Christ; in two more we ask the “Mother of the Saviour” and the “Health of the Sick” to pray for us; in the last we ask her to “show herself a Mother.” If people will talk of “proportion” in a matter in which there is no such thing—since there can be no comparison, without grave irreverence, between the Creator and a creature—I would ask, Is there “disproportion” here?.
In fact, Lourdes, as a whole, is an excellent little compendium of Catholic theology and Gospel-truth...