Christians have always sought the smile of Our Lady…
On this day, the Church commemorates the Immaculate Virgin Mary who smiled upon Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France. The Holy Mother appeared to Bernadette eighteen times between February and July in 1858. As the patron of illness, Bernadette is often prayed to for healing.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the work of healing is the purpose of the two sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.” Sacraments are acknowledgements that we can’t bring healing, God has to. We are blessed to have Our Mother’s smile bring attention to our needs.
How do you seek Mary’s smile? What in your family needs healing?
Let us pray for God’s healing touch to reach those who suffer. Amen.
About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.