Front Cover: “Healing at the Pool of Bethesda”, by the Danish painter, Carl Bloch, A.D. 1883. This depicts the Scriptural scene of Christ healing a man who had been in a state of paralysis for 38 years, and was lying helplessly by the pool which had the power to heal him. Christ heals him by His word of command. This is the Gospel lesson from Ember Friday in Lent, John 5:1-15, in the Tridentine Roman Missal. In 1858, during the apparitions to Bernadette at Lourdes, Ember Friday fell on February 26th. This was the day on which the Lourdes spring—which Our Lady had revealed to Bernadette the day before—began gushing forth water, also with its power to relieve the sick.
Pastor’s Note: Lourdes and Lent
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