As we look with joyful hope to another wonderful season under the motherly gaze of Our Lady of Lourdes, we give thanks and pray for all those who volunteer and those who have come and will continue to come to be welcomed by Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary of Rigaud.
Prayer and worship are intrinsic to the Christian life and animate the efforts and work of Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. By the great gift of God’s grace, Our Lady’s humble Sanctuary was born of prayer, continues to be sustained by prayer and so fulfills its mission as a place of prayer. For 145 years, people have been visiting Our Lady’s Sanctuary and been touched by the spirit of prayer.
Little Bernadette had become part of a great event in human history, yet at the time, very few could appreciate the significance of what was taking place.
At the grotto of Massabielle, a place often used to burn garbage on the outskirts of the little town of Lourdes, France, a beautiful Lady appeared 18 times to a young peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous.
Describing the first visit, Bernadette said, “I beheld within the grotto a glittering cloud of gold; and almost simultaneously there appeared before my dazzled eyes at the edge of the opening just over the bush, a Lady both young and beautiful, beautiful beyond description. She gazed tenderly at me, smiled and bade me come nearer, as if she had been my mother. The sense of fear had vanished …”
When the Lord cast his seeds on the life of Louis Querbes he found good soil.
Father Louis produced a harvest many times more than a hundredfold and his spiritual descendants, the priests, brothers and lay associates of the Clerics of St-Viateur, are still producing good fruit.
It is wonderful to see what God does through those who give their lives to Christ.
There is certain knowledge of God buried deep within each of us, as deep and real as our need for happiness. The road of life challenges our hearts long before it tests our wills. Every day we are faced with choices that lead to a destination that is either awful or awesome. These are choices we either accept with hope or flee from in terror.
Mary knows we are born with broken hearts into a world raging with strife. Our Lady wants nothing for herself but everything for her children. She brings us to Jesus that He might protect us and bind our wounds and that we might choose to walk with Him. Thank you Mary!