Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for Us!

This is an old photo (from the forties or fifties, I believe) of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at the University of Notre Dame. Although it has been many years since this photo was taken, the grotto has changed very little; it remains a favorite spot for Notre Dame students and faculty, as well as the thousands of visitors who flock to the campus every year.

This grotto out in South Bend, Indiana is a replica of the holy shrine at Lourdes, France, where in 1858 Our Lady appeared to a humble peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous. In memory of those apparitions, Notre Dame's grotto includes a statue of that young girl--who would later be canonized and become St. Bernadette--kneeling in prayer before the statue of the Blessed Mother that stands up high in a niche. There are also two small, smooth, black stones mortared into the wall of Notre Dame's grotto that actually came from Lourdes.

If you're ever out in South Bend, I highly recommend a trip to the grotto. When you're there--when you light a votive candle for a special intention and kneel down in front of it to pray--you get a sense of peace that is indescribable. You can feel Our Lady--in French, Notre Dame--there at the grotto, just as She's there atop the iconic golden dome (which you can see in the background in this photo, peeking through the trees), and She's watching over the university that bears Her name.


Blessed, Immaculate Virgin, by your appearance in the Grotto of Lourdes, many have been cured of their infirmities, both spiritual and physical.

Mother of Mercy, Healer of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted, you know my needs and sufferings. Look upon me with compassion. I come to you with confidence in your maternal intercession. Obtain for me, from your Divine Son, this special request...[mention your needs here].

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for me. Amen. [And St. Bernadette, pray for me, too!]

1 comment:

  1. I just discovered that this week, the green candle at the Grotto is being lit by the ND Alumni Association Prayer Team for my cousin Megan.