Today, our pilgrims experienced the highlight of our visit to Lourdes.
The day began early in the chilly morning with a Mass in the Chapel of St. Gabriel in memory of St. Bernadette.
Following a guided tour of the shrine, the pilgrims were invited to enter the baths of Lourdes. Flowing from the fresh water spring Our Lady of Lourdes left as a gift, the baths provide pilgrims with hope for healing that can be physical, psychological, and – especially – spiritual.
Our faith teaches us that Mary, the mother of Jesus, always points us toward her Son. At Cana, she instructed us to “do whatever he tells you.” During the ninth apparition to Bernadette, Our Lady told her to drink at the spring and wash herself. Although there was no spring there, Bernadette scratched at the earth and the water that runs through the baths today began to flow.
In a way, these waters can resemble the water Jesus spoke of when he said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink,” or “The water that I shall give you will become a spring welling up to eternal life.”
When one lives a life in the Spirit of God, healing and peace permeate one’s life because we live in Christ, and Mary is always there, just as she is at Lourdes, pointing us toward her Son. Today, our pilgrims experienced the healing love of Our Lady and Our Lord in the flowing waters at the baths of Lourdes.
– Paul Vance, Co-Group Leader