Today is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. She appeared to Bernadette, a poor peasant girl, several times over a month. During one of the apparitions a spring began flowing out of the ground and continues flowing today. Many healings there have been verified.
I went on a military pilgrimage to Lourdes in May, 2014. With more than 20,000 there from all over the world there was a strong sense of world unity and the possibility of peace. This river added to the gentleness of the place. I couldn't keep up with all the ceremonies, so I went across the river and spent some time alone in prayer. I took this picture from there. A friend whom I prayed for there in a specific way has survived throat cancer.I pray to Our Lady today for a friend who has a deadly disease and another who is today in the hospital.