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LOURDES

 

Aslinya Grotto Massabielle Lourdes 1858 sebelum penampakan

 

"Our Lady of Lourdes"

Satu-satunya photo Bernadette di Goa Massabielle Lourdes tahun 1862, tiga tahun setelah penampakan Bunda Maria di situ

 

Tahun 1863 Bernadette berumur 19 tahun. Bapa Uskup mengijinkan Bernadette untuk diphoto dalam studio photo di Tarbes. Dia belum memutuskan menerima pekerjaan, dan para biarawati di Nevers tidak terlalu antusias untuk menerimanya sebagai biarawati di sana mengingat kesehatan yang diderita Bernadette sangat lemah.


 1863 Bernadette berumur 19 tahun

 

Pada tanggal 4 Juli 1866, dua tahun setelah diterimanya Bernadette dalam Suster Amal di Nevers, Bernadette meninggalkan Lourdes selama-lamanya untuk memulai pekerjaannya sebagai biarawati. Photo-photo dari keluarganya dan keberangkatannya diambil secara terburu-buru.

 

Bernadette Soubirous 1868

 

The Bishop of Tarbes commissioned a photographer to take Bernadette's portrait on February 4, 1868. The portrait was to be sold at Lourdes for the construction of the basilica. Bernadette had professed her first temporary vows four months earlier on October 30, 1867.

 

Bernadette's house in Lourdes, sejak kecil hingga sebelum masuk biarawati St. Gildard, Nevers

 

Basilika Rosari di atas Grotto Massabielle sesuai pesan Bunda Maria kepada Bernadette

 

Still today, some 5,500,000 million pilgrims and visitors come to Lourdes from all over the world. Some are true believers, some are just curious. Many come to be healed; both physically and spiritually. The water of Lourdes has Our Lady's promise with it. Miracles happen every day at Lourdes, not always physical miraculous healings, but the miracles that occur at Lourdes every single day are the conversions of poor sinners.

 

Tampak depan Basilika Rosari, the Crypt Church, dan Basilika Immaculate Conception

 

 

Pemandangan dari atas teras Basilika Rosary menghadap lapangan

 

Bernadette Soubirous is the saint of Lourdes, France. Visionary and messenger of the Immaculate Conception, she told us the very words of the Virgin Mary, spoken in the native Basque tongue of Southern France and Northern Spain. She spoke words teaching of the merits of prayer, penance, poverty and church. In the first and most widely recognized Marian apparition of modern times, a personal message was delivered also to Bernadette—She would not find happiness in this world, but only in the next.
 

Di dalam katedral Lourdes


She was to die twenty–one years later in 1879 after a prolonged and painful illness. She remained hidden in a convent about 300 miles from home, a refuge from the interrogations and the pilgrims that never ceased seeking her. At thirty–five, her strong–willed manner gave way to her frail body, and she finally entered into her eternal happiness.
 

Mosaic misteri pertama pemberitahuan di Basilika Rosari tahun 1900 awal

 

Mosaic misteri ke 14 penerimaan di Basilika Rosari tahun 1900 awal


While she took with her the knowledge of certain secrets the Virgin gave her, one secret remained hidden in our presence. The most spectacular of all the incorruptibles, Bernadette's miraculously preserved body remained buried in a damp grave for thirty years until the cause for beatification was taken up.

 

Grotto Massabielle (Goa Batu Tua) di sore hari

 

To this day, the body of Bernadette is a profound source of inspiration and of mystery surrounding the ways of the Lord. The face of Bernadette is one of surreal beauty, and will remain for us always the face that gazed into the eyes of the Mother of God.

 

Grotto Massabielle, pengambilan air berkat (kiri), dan agak jauh adalah kolam untuk selam (kanan)

 

Tampak tempat pembaptisan ulang secara benam dengan pemandangan sekitar yang memang indah dan sejuk sekali

 

Grotto Massabielle dengan gereja di atasnya, serta bukit untuk jalan salib di sebelahnya (atas)

 

Tampak dari atas, Grotto dan sekitarnya

 

"Our Lady of Lourdes"

On the 11th February 1858 Bernadette Soubirous a young girl of 14 years left the Cachot, the refuge of her family now reduced to poverty, to go and collect firewood with her Bernadette heard "the sound of the wind" and then saw a light which soon lit up the silhouette of a young girl "as young and small as herself"; 1,40m at 14 years! The girl smiled at her and invited her to pray.

On the 18th February there was an exchange of promises:

"Would you do me the favor of coming here for two weeks?" Bernadette said Yes. "I don't promise to make you happy in this world but in the other".

The other world is the world of love that Bernadette was to experience on this earth even in the midst of suffering. During the 2 weeks the way of that other world was pointed out to her as being, conversion and a change of heart.

"Penance! Pray to God for the conversion of sinners".

"Would you crawl on hands and knees and kiss the ground for the conversion of sinners?"

"Penance Penance Penance"

"Go and drink at the spring and wash yourself there". "Eat some grass which grows there".

The spring bubbled up through the mud. If each person took the time and had the courage to scrape away the shell of egoism and sins which force us to crawl on hands and knees and eat the grass like the animals each one could experience in the depths of his or her own heart a living coming up from the Heart of Jesus, from the very heart of God: He loved us to the point of coming among us even among our sins and our death.

Tuesday 2 March: the last request.

"Go and tell the priests to come here in procession and build a chapel"

16th apparition on the 25th March the feast of the Annunciation and the Conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary, the young girl said:

"I am the Immaculate Conception"

Mary allows the light and the life of God to pass through her in order to give it to the world. Bernadette saw Mary again after Easter on the Wednesday 7th April and then the 16th July on which date she stood on the far side of the Gave and despite the distance could say: "I saw her just as if I was in the Grotto".

 

AS MARY SAID YESTERDAY TO BERNADETTE, SO TODAY SHE SAYS TO US:

"WOULD YOU DO ME THE FAVOR OF COMING HERE"

Bernadette said of Mary "She was as young and small as myself". "It was the first time someone spoke to me in such a respectful manner". We imagine God and the saints are people very high up and far away, whereas God in fact is so powerful that He can make Himself very little so as to speak to us and call us. He speaks to us while at the same time infinitely respecting our freedom since He loves us.

Bernadette could have disappeared from Lourdes without anyone paying any attention: she was so insignificant except for God, who recognised in her a little girl who resembled Him.

"You are precious in my eyes, and you are honored and I love you" (Isaiah 43:4). If you are in Lourdes it is not by accident: I was waiting for you here, God says to us, to show you my love.

 

AS MARY SAID TO BERNADETTE YESTERDAY, SO SHE SAYS TO US TODAY:

"I DO NOT PROMISE TO MAKE YOU HAPPY IN THIS WORLD BUT THE OTHER"

We are not asked to suffer on the earth wit resignation to finally get happiness beyond death. The other world begins here and now: It is already hell for those who sink into egoism. For those who open their hearts to love, paradise has already begun.

In the extreme poverty of the Cachot where she lived in 1858 Bernadette knew the true joy of family love. Later on she said: "I am happy on my bed of pain with my crucifix more than a queen on her throne". The secret of happiness is to welcome little by little, even through disappointments, failures and suffering, the look and call of the one who loved us until the end.

 

AS MARY SAID TO BERNADETTE YESTERDAY, SO SHE SAYS TO US TODAY:

"PENANCE, PENANCE, PENANCE, PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS"

Bernadette was invited to scrape in the mud at the back of the Grotto until a spring came forth. In order to do this she had to crawl on hands and knees, like the animals, like the pigs; which often came to take shelter in the hole in the rock. She mimed the condition of sinners who abandoning their status of free men and women under the sun of God choose to live as animals without reason. She followed the way of Jesus who plunged himself into our sins, our suffering, our death in order to pass through them and conquer them.

To do penance is to let oneself be drawn along the way of solidarity. We let Jesus change our hearts of stone to let him graft on a heart of flesh, that could suffer from the poverty of the world and so enter into the dynamic of love.

 

AS MARY SAID TO BERNADETTE YESTERDAY, SO SHE SAYS TO US TODAY:

"GO AND DRINK AT THE SPRING AND WASH YOURSELF THERE"

The water of Lourdes is ordinary water. It is a sign that Mary uses to remind us of the words of Jesus.

If anyone thirsts let him come to me. Let the one come and drink who believes in me "He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive" (John 7:37-39).

Drink and wash yourself...regain the grace of Baptism, plunge yourself into th elife of God who did not fear to plunge himself into our humanity.

Let us rediscover the grace of the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation. It is like a new birth for us.

 

AS MARY SAID YESTERDAY TO BERNADETTE, SO SHE SAYS TO US TODAY:

"COME HERE IN PROCESSION AND BUILD A CHURCH"

The Church is not the group or club for those who believe in Jesus. It is the poor and weak who are never chosen by the world but whom God mysteriously calls. We become the messengers of mercy.

Stay awake! We are already on the road to Lourdes, to take part in the processions. Let our whole life be a pilgrimage, a confident journey to the chapel or church, the holy city God prepares for us and in which He waits for us.

Our churches on this earth are only for us the sign and memory of this meeting of love.

 

AS MARY SAID TO BERNADETTE YESTERDAY, SO SHE SAYS TO US TODAY:

"I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION"

Finally, the apparition gave her name to Bernadette on the 25th March 1858, but it was not her civil name "My name is Mary: I was born in Nazareth". It was the secret of her heart that she shared after 3 weeks of meeting (11 Feb - 4 March). It was the new name by which the Angel Gabriel greeted her at the Annunciation: she is the one in whom God puts all His joy.

Mary is Immaculate, without stain, completely transparent with the light of God, so welcoming to her Lord that He can come and live in her and become a man. She becomes the "conception of God" the "Mother of God".

Mary shoes us our vocation: Do not be afraid to become saints, open yourselves simply to the love that is offered to you. You will carry love to the world, you will be "mother of God" for the world. Mary is the most perfect creature in the eyes of God, she is also the figure and the Mother of the Church. We can confide ourselves to her, God will make us His children.

 

Tampak dari kejauhan, katedral dan basilika Rosary

 

Mess procession in the evening

 

Ave....Ave.....Ave Maria...........

 

 

 

GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD, AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE

 

 

           

 

 

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