Good afternoon from St. Patrick’s in Soho where the blessed sacrament is exposed.

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes as most of you probably know already. This year however people won’t be travelling to Lourdes or Fatima or Medjugorje for the foreseeable future.

So what does this mean, that we can’t get the blessings and graces? Not at all!

We can still unite ourselves spiritually with Our Lady at these places and pray to her as if we were actually there. Our Lady understands and will certainly hear our prayers.

Even better is to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament because one thing all these places have in common is penance. Yes, healing too but the first message has been Our Lady’s cry for prayer and penance to obtain conversions and there is no better sacrifice of both our time and prayer than to pray for the world in front of the blessed sacrament.

Of course many people seek healing too and there is nothing wrong with that. Lourdes is indeed very well known for healing and we should absolutely bring all our ailments to Our Lady for healing trusting that if we don’t get miraculously cured that we’ll get the grace of surrender, peace and acceptance trusting that Jesus will bring something even better for our souls out of the affliction.

St. Bernadette, that chosen soul suffered greatly in her life because of the apparitions. She was not believed at the start and even when she was and and she left to become a nun, she suffered greatly in the monastery.

Indeed the visionaries in Medjugorje have suffered a similar fate and yet united to Our Lady they have learnt how to accept it and offer it to Jesus so that others may be converted.

And so today as lockdowns continue let us bring all our troubles to Our Lady and like St. Bernadette may we learn to accept the ups and downs with joy knowing that every little sacrifice, no matter how small can be used by Jesus to bring about the conversion of lost souls.

Only in heaven will we fully understand and see the fruit of our prayers.

So may Our Lady of Lourdes bless all of you today and I invite you to take a moment and pray this short prayer with faith and expectation!

Bless Michael