Today’s feast brings back many memories of my two years being a chaplain at Lourdes, living in the chaplains house above the grotto, and wearing the badges alternatively for the Italian chaplaincy, the English chaplaincy, the French chaplaincy, and the Extraordinary Form chaplaincy. Yikes! The Eucharistic processions, the Rosary Processions, the Way of the Cross, the Angelus in the grotto, the Masses, the zillions of confessions, the blessings, the conferences, the tours…. Yikes!
A favorite passtime in these years was grunge-caving with the Immaculate Conception. This video is from my now defunct blog over in Lourdes:
My best memories are just being in the grotto with the pilgrims before the Immaculate Conception. She has seen it all with clear vision in seeing her Son on the Cross. She knows. We can go to her in all our suffering. She knows. She knows.