Saturday, February 11, 2012

Our Lady of Lourdes

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Today marks the anniversary of the Marian apparitions in the Pyrenees Mountains that divides Spain and France. Lourdes is a small town that lies in the foothills of these mountains and it's most famous for Our Lady of Lourdes who visited St. Bernadette a number of times in 1858.  Our Lady announced to the 14 year old Bernadette "I am the Immaculate Conception."  Our Lady's' message of personal conversion, prayer and charity has led many people to Christ.  It's also a place where many miracles have been reported from the spring water.  Every year, countless pilgrims come to pray for grace, conversion and healing.

St. Bernadette had to have been confused and possibly scared when Our Lady first appeared to her but, she must of understood at some deep level, that she needed to obey.  She called her "the lady clothed in the sun."  How glorious and beautiful she must have looked to the young Bernadette.  Thanks to her obedience, the world was and continues to be blessed by the spring waters at the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.  I checked out from my local library this book that gives St. Bernadette's famous story.

Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes!

Here is a craft I am planning on doing with my first graders tomorrow.  The idea came from one of my favorite Catholic Bloggers Jennifer at Crafolic.  I downloaded the black and white picture of Our Lady of Lourdes HERE courtesy of the ever artistic Charlotte at  Waltzing Matilda.  The black and white free flower templates came from HERE.  The original size was too big so I downloaded a copy and then using my printer/copier, I reduced the size to 72%.  It worked much better that way.  Then it was time to color and paste.  An fun yet easy craft for 6-7 year olds!

Thank you to Jennifer and Charlotte who probably have no idea how much of a blessing their ideas and drawings are to children and adults around the world.  They so generously share their God given gifts with the rest of us!

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  1. Noreen,

    I love this! Such a beautiful picture. Your children will enjoy this craft, I'm sure.

    My eldest daughter, Felicity went to Lourdes a few years ago on her way home from World Youth Day at Cologne. Felicity said she expected Lourdes to feel very commercial but it didn't. It is a very spiritual and beautiful place. Maybe one day I will get to visit too!

  2. Hi Noreen! Your craft looks great! ;-) Thanks so much for linking to me. And Thanks for the book idea. I'm going to see if my local library has it.
    God Bless!

  3. That turned out so pretty, Noreen! Happy feast of Our Lady of Lourdes!

  4. that is lovely!! I've got the Mary coloring page sitting on my desk, and those flower templates will be beautiful! thanks. Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes.

  5. Your first graders are SO blessed to have you, Noreen! This is just beautiful! I agree, we are so blessed to have such a generous Catholic community of bloggers...Oh my goodness, what would we do without them!? Happy Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes!

  6. Wonderful! Your children are very fortunate!

    God Bless you and happy feast day!

  7. Thank you friends! It was a big hit yesterday even though when I asked them who do I mean when I called her "Our Lady" they had no idea. They were fascinated to learn that Mary has appeared to adults and children over the years to lead them to Jesus.