Jordan: Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in Na'our

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Jordan: Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in Na'our

Na'our-en.abouna.org

Coinciding with the Catholic Church’s celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of the Sick, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali celebrated Holy Mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Na’our on Tuesday, February 11.

The Mass was concelebrated by parish priest Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader and a number of guest priests in the presence of a large number of believers and the sick.

In his homily, Bishop Shomali highlighted the spiritual significance of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. He also anointed several sick people who attended the Mass. Later, the believers toured the nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto with lit candles and a blessing was given to the congregation of believers.

THE STORY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. Their practice of the Catholic faith was scarcely more than lukewarm. Bernadette could pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. She also knew the prayer of the Miraculous Medal: “O Mary conceived without sin.”

During interrogations Bernadette gave an account of what she saw. It was “something white in the shape of a girl.” She used the word aquero, a dialect term meaning “this thing.” It was “a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm.” Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle. She wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot. A rosary was in her hand. The humble virgin appeared to a humble girl and treated her with dignity.

Through that humble girl, Mary revitalized and continues to revitalize the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions and authorized the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes for the diocese. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907.

Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and healing, but even more of faith. Church authorities have recognized over 60 miraculous cures, although there have probably been many more. To people of faith this is not surprising. It is a continuation of Jesus’ healing miracles—now performed at the intercession of his mother. Some would say that the greater miracles are hidden. Many who visit Lourdes return home with renewed faith and a readiness to serve God in their needy brothers and sisters.

There still may be people who doubt the apparitions of Lourdes. Perhaps the best that can be said to them are the words that introduce the film The Song of Bernadette: “For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.”

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