God often wants to grant us healing, both physical and spiritual. One of the most powerful ways Our Lord does this is through His mother and ours, the Blessed Virgin Mary. This was dramatically evident on February 11, 1858, when Our Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in a grotto outside Lourdes, France.
So that people would know her appearance to be true, the Blessed Virgin Mary led Saint Bernadette to uncover a hidden spring. These holy waters at Lourdes would offer comfort, hope and healing to the most desperately sick and troubled.
Today, 161 years later, that blessed spring still provides life-giving water. And today, it still offers healing, strength and well-being to people from around the world.
At Lourdes, those who are ill and in need find healing for their souls. They receive forgiveness for their sins and experience powerful graces and transforming inner peace. Some even discover joy in suffering.
Many also are gifted with healing for their bodies. Like the suffering souls who approached Jesus as He traveled through Galilee, they receive the grace to see, to hear, to walk and to grow strong and healthy once again.
I invite you to join those pilgrims in spirit, asking Our Lady of Lourdes for healing, by participating with the Dominican Friars at the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude in a very special Novena of Masses for healing. We will begin this spiritually powerful Novena on February 3rd and conclude on February 11th, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Whatever cross you carry, whatever brokenness—in body or soul—weighs you down, our loving Blessed Mother longs to help. She also wishes to do the same for all those you love.
Sincerely in Our Lady of Lourdes,
Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P.
Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude