February 11, 2001
volume 12, no. 42

Sunday and Monday, February 11th and 12th

SUNDAY, February 11, 2001    Meditation


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      First Reading: Jeremiah 17: 5-8
      Psalms: Psalm 1: 1-4, 6
      Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15: 12, 16-20
      Gospel Reading: Luke 6: 17, 20-26
Though the Sunday Liturgy supersedes it this year, February 11th is the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes as well as being World Day of the Sick.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

        The Commemoration of Our Lady's first of 18 apparitions at Lourdes, France on February 11, 1858 is pivotal in advancing the Blessed Mother's plans toward the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart which will usher in the glorious Reign of her Divine Son's Sacred Heart. This feast is one of the favorite feasts of Our Lady for it was in her appearances to visionary Saint Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto of Massabielle that signaled the resurgence of Marian devotion to her Immaculate Heart for she confirmed to Bernadette that she was truly the Immaculate Conception. Since that time there have been countless miracles at the healing waters of Lourdes. Probably the most miraculous is the fact that those who bathe there are, in a sense, returning to the font of their baptism to wash away their old sins and put on the pure robe of grace and a new life in God. Lourdes was approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1890 and Pope Saint Pius X made it an official feast in 1908.

Monday, February 12, 2001    Meditation
    Weekday in Ordinary Time

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      First Reading: Genesis 4: 1-15, 25
      Psalms: Psalm 50: 1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
      Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 11-13

February 11, 2001
volume 12, no. 42
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