Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Pope John Paul II composed this prayer for the occasion of his visit to Lourdes on April 15, 2004:

Hail Mary, poor and humble Woman, Blessed by the Most High! Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era, We join in your song of praise, to celebrate the Lord’s mercy, to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom and the full liberation of humanity.

Hail Mary, lowly handmaid of the Lord, Glorious Mother of Christ! Faithful Virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word, Teach us to persevere in listening to the Word, and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit, attentive to his promptings in the depths of our conscience and to his manifestations in the events of history.

Hail Mary, Woman of sorrows, Mother of the living! Virgin spouse beneath the Cross, the new Eve, Be our guide along the paths of the world. Teach us to experience and to spread the love of Christ, to stand with you before the innumerable crosses on which your Son is still crucified.

Hail Mary, woman of faith, First of the disciples! Virgin Mother of the Church, help us always to account for the hope that is in us, with trust in human goodness and the Father’s love. Teach us to build up the world beginning from within: in the depths of silence and prayer, in the joy of fraternal love, in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross.

Holy Mary, Mother of believers, Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Amen.

Dawn Eden today posted this video by Father James Martin, SJ on St. Bernadette. Towards the end Fr. Martin says, "One of the proofes of the story is Bernadette herself . . . and who she was." Watch the video to see why Bernadette's lifelong witness is so compelling:



This is a clip from a longer DVD by Father Martin who is also the author of "My Life With the Saints." If you purchase any books or videos, including Father Martin's, through links at Dawn's blog, all commissions go toward helping pregnant women who suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum.