World Day of Prayer
On February 11, we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. St. Pope John Paul II began the observance of the World Day of the Sick, in conjunction with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes to raise the level of awareness of the sick and the role to which Christ calls of each us – to help them with their needs and to pray for them.
The day began with our Chaplain Fr. Damian and Fr. Tom (our priest in residence) blessing all the Resident’s rooms and apartments, the convent and each office. Our dear friends, Fr. Tim Fairman and Fr. Matt Jameson from St. Theresa’s Parish then celebrated Mass in our Chapel. After Mass, Fr. Tim and Fr. Matt, along with Fr. Damian and Fr. Tom anointed the Residents, Little Sisters and staff.
Early in the afternoon, many of us took the opportunity to go to the Sacrament of Confession. Following the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, was the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. During exposition, Fr. Tim gave a beautiful talk on Our Lady of Lourdes and the many miracles that have occurred. He and Fr. Matt personally know a woman who was miraculously cured of a terminal brain tumor.
At the end of his talk, Fr. Tim knelt before the Blessed Sacrament to recite the Divine Praises. As we were praying, the clouds parted and a beam of sunlight shown through the Chapel window onto Fr. Tim’s back and also illuminated the picture of Our Lady of Lourdes on the altar. Could it have been a sign of love from Our Lady? We think so.
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