Monday, February 11, 2008

Today is the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady's Anniversary

At Lourdes we celebrate its sesquicentennial

Our Lady's flower is an Immaculate perennial

Bernadette waters its roots every day

So the buds may open their petals to pray

The flower stretches toward the Son of God

While Bernadette kneels at Mary's nod

She prays for the healing of the afflicted throng

As the larks join together to sing Bernadette's song

The healing waters from the wellspring flow

While crutches and canes are dispensed with below

The crowds chant together the rosary

As each decade and cure hides a mystery

The Eucharist heals the soul with each reception

At Our Lady's Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

And after 150 years, who would ever know?

That it began with a peasant girl at a simple grotto

Anthony Miele

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