“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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THURSDAY 11th FEBRUARY. OUR LADY OF LOURDES

Today we celebrate this great Feast of the apparition of Our Lady of  the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette Soubirous, which has a special place in the spiritual and hospitaller life of the Order.

The Feast was kept with a Sung Mass in the Conventual Church at 6.30 pm, in the presence of patients of the Hospice.  At the end of Mass the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was celebrated for of the Malades present, including Colonel Tommy Pace.

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11, has become the Church’s World Day of the Sick, because the Blessed Virgin Mary instructed St. Bernadette in 1858 to drink from a stream that has been flowing ever since.  Those who are sick come to Lourdes to ask Mary to intercede on their behalf as they bathe in the stream.
Most of us can remember how our mother took care of us when we were sick.  Many had home remedies that were used to combat colds, flu, headache or stomach ache.  Prayers to get well and prayers for others who were sick were directed to the Blessed Mother.
This is a time to thank those who take care of the sick at home or in hospitals or nursing homes.  It is a moment to turn again to Mary with our many illnesses—physical, emotional, spiritual—and ask for her help.
Cardinal Francis George, OMI

LITANY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy. 
Christ have mercy; Christ have mercy. 
Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy. 
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us. 
God the Father of Heaven; Have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world; Have mercy on us. 
God the Holy Spirit; Have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, one God; Have mercy on us. 
Holy Mary; Pray for us. 
Holy Mother of God; Pray for us. 
Mother of Christ; Pray for us. 
Mother of our Saviour; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, help of Christians; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, source of love; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the poor; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the handicapped; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of orphans; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all children; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all nations; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the Church; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, friend of the lonely; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of those who mourn; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, shelter of the homeless; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, guide of travellers; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, strength of the weak; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, refuge of sinners; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of the suffering; Pray for us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, help of the dying; Pray for us. 
Queen of heaven; Pray for us. 
Queen of peace; Pray for us. 
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Spare us O Lord. 
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us. 
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us. 
Let us pray: 
Grant us, your servants, we pray you, Lord God, to enjoy perpetual health of mind and body. By the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrows, and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.