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February 11, 1998

Wednesday, February 11: Weekday in the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time and
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

      First Reading: 1 Kings 10: 1-10
      Psalms: Psalm 37: 5-6, 30-31, 39-40
      Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 14-23

    Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

         The Commemoration of Our Lady's first of 18 apparitions at Lourdes, France on February 11, 1844 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 Blessed Mother 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.

February 12, 1998

Thursday, February 12:
Weekday in the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

      First Reading: 1 Kings 11: 4-13
      Psalms: Psalm 106: 3-4, 35-37, 40
      Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 24-30

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