Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for Us

February 11, 2013

Miracles & Blessings, Uncategorized

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“Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for Us”

It is the XXI World Day of the Sick in the Catholic Church; it is also the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes.  As mentioned in earlier posts, Lourdes, France is a magical and mysterious place of healing, grace and universal love.  It is common to hear phases like “Mary called me to go” or “it is up to Mary” (aka, Our Lady of Lourdes).

This morning I read in the Magnificat* a story about Mr. Clyde King who submitted an application to participate in the Order of Malta’s annual week-long pilgrimage to Lourdes.  He had battled melanoma tumors for three years, and all tumors had been removed when he submitted his application.  While on the wait list, Mr. King’s doctor told him that another melanoma had been found, this time a stage 4.   A week before departure the wait list cleared, allowing Mr. King to share in the pilgrimage of faith, acceptance and healing.  He returned to an unexpected day of more tests his wife had planned based on the doctor’s recommendation and concern for his health.  Lourdes is a mystery but not for those who are called.  The tests revealed the stage 4 melanoma had disappeared.  The oncologists later said to him, “I don’t believe in miracles, but in your case, I may have to rethink that.”

Our Lady of Lourdes, it starts with her calling; it starts with a prayer.


(*The full story written by Matthew Hanley appears in the February 2013 edition of Magnificat, Vol. 14, No. 12. pages 152-153.)

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Mary Ann L. Smith

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