Yesterday was the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes!

All those 162 years ago Our Lady appeared to a simple peasant girl!

And the rest is history so to speak and Lourdes today is very different from Lourdes of Bernadette’s lifetime!

Yesterday evening we were very blessed by the Kensington Carmelites who put on a lovely healing service during the 6pm mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.

We had beautiful songs, anointing of the sick and of course mass!

It made me think of the power of prayer and especially in light of the Coronavirus which is threatening the world.

So often we jump to human solutions forgetting the power of prayer! Yet history shows countless examples of times when plagues and pestilence were eradicated through prayer.

Indeed the well known miraculous medal (the only medal I personally wear) was well known to have protected and cured many in Paris from the plague at the time and indeed if I haven’t visited a doctor or taken any antibiotics for 12 years despite my obvious frail stature, I have no doubt that it’s through Our Lady’s miraculous intervention!

And so today you or I may not be able to afford to go to Lourdes but if you walk into any catholic church you are almost certain to find a statue to Our Lady of Lourdes and if your church has a little shop you’ll find a miraculous medal for less than the price of bar of chocolate!

So in these times of uncertainty from politics to viruses why not turn your gaze to heaven where you’ll find the best protection of all and consecrate your life, health and family to the heavenly protection of Our Blessed and beautiful mother!

Here is a short prayer of consecration that anybody can say and pick up a miraculous medal!! They work!

Heavenly blessings to all.

St. Bernadette, pray for us!

Michael