Good morning everybody! It’s a beautiful day here in Lourdes, where we’re on a pilgrimage sponsored by the Sovereign Order of Malta.
I’m at Lourdes on pilgrimage with the Knights of Malta! Pilgrimage is all about helping one another, just like we do in life. Stick with me and I’ll fill you in about our pilgrimage and the shrine at Lourdes!
Cardinal Dolan speaks with Fr. Richard Gibbons, Rector of the National Marian Shrine in Knock, Ireland.
April 29, 2015
Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena
Today I leave on pilgrimage to Lourdes – – – and I take your intentions with me to the renowned grotto of miracles.
You know what happened in 1858 at this tiny town, on the River Gave, in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southwestern France?
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared in a grotto to Bernadette Soubirous. She asked that people come to that sacred place to pray with her to Jesus, her divine son, to renew their faith, to ask the mercy of God, and to be healed in soul,…
George Weigel writes in the Wall Street Journal about a wonderful tradition in Rome…that is undertaken by Americans! (It was begun by seminarians and student-priests from the Pontifical North American College…where I used to be stationed.) As we prepare to begin Lent, I thought you’d enjoy this piece:
“On March 5, Ash Wednesday, hundreds of residents of Rome will begin a six-and-a-half-week long pilgrimage to the Roman station churches of Lent—a tradition that began in the earliest days of legalized Christianity but, until recently, had lain fallow…
The station churches themselves, especially those off the tourist track, often astonish. The apse…
This piece comes from Jerusalem. Here I am, in great company of fifty priests from the archdiocese, on a ”retreat-pilgrimage.”
Can you think of a better place to renew faith in God and hear again the call to discipleship from His Son, Jesus?
We are keeping your intentions in our prayers, as well as those of our Jewish neighbors, for whom this land is especially holy.
It’s said that reading or listening to the Bible is never the same after a pilgrimage to Israel. I’d agree.
Of the multiple spiritual fruits of a retreat here, one stands out for me: we have a…