Sunday, July 19, 2009


Lourdes is no longer the village that Bernadette Soubirous left in 1879. It is now a modern tourist destination with all its trappings of hotels, restaurants and even bars. It is a far cry from the view the peasant child had from her window. But the Queen of Heaven found it fitting to visit it and the illiterate girl, and through the 14-year-old, the world would come to know the Immaculate Conception. A pilgrimage to Lourdes is like no other I have experienced and emotional for me. The Rosary and the hymns to Ave Maria is what drew my parents there so many times. It is what drew my niece Sam, and now me.

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