Before you dive into some wings, apps and Taylor Swift’s travel schedule to celebrate the Super Bowl next weekend, take a moment to honor our Lady on her upcoming feast day, February 11th: Our Lady of Lourdes.

One day, in 1858, when 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous was searching for firewood, our Lady appeared to her in the town of Lourdes, France. 

Our Lady instructed Bernadette to dig in the ground nearby from which came a spring of healing properties, active till this day! To this day, pilgrims around the world visit Lourdes in hopes of being cured of their illnesses. Saint Bernadette was declared a Saint in 1933.

How can you simply celebrate?

  1. Build a fire or simply flip on your pilot light to ignite your fireplace recalling how Mary and Jesus often meet us in the ordinary.
  2. Visit the French cafe, Voila, down the street from Prince of Peace (755 Hammett Bridge Road 140, Greer) for pastries and coffee this weekend. They are closed Sundays, so plan ahead! Can’t make it there? Simply add French Fries to your Super Bowl Spread!
  3. Pray the Rosary. When Mary met Bernadette in the Grotto, she prayed the Rosary silently with her, passing the beads through her hands as Bernadette prayed. Another idea – on your way home from Mass, pray the Litany to Our Lady of Lourdes: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/litany-of-our-lady-of-lourdes-9127
  4. Light a candle. During the Fifth apparition, Our Lady taught Bernadette a prayer which she recited daily, but was never revealed. As part of the prayer, she was encouraged to bring a blessed candle with her. On Feb 11th, light a candle at your own feast! 

Smile at a stranger. When Our lady met Bernadette, she simply smiled. When asked who she was, Mary declared, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Not only was Mary smiling towards Bernadette, but all of us. Through our smiles, we share the love of Christ. “Who can measure the life-giving impact of a human smile? It is a precious act of love, transcending any language, freely bestowed upon another person.” — Fr. Louis Maximilian Smith, OFM Conv. https://engage.catholic.edu/stories/transcendent-smile-our-lady-lourdes