In Learning From Lourdes, Fr Aidan Nichols reflects on the message of Lourdes in nine short meditations.
Fr Nichols considers why it was at Lourdes that Our Lady appeared to a young girl from a poor and deprived background in the winter of 1858. He examines the grounds for believing that Bernadette did not invent the apparitions. He considers the demands made by Our Lady, which take us back to the fundamentals of the Gospel, and how that message spread in the years after the sightings.
From the stream first uncovered by Bernadette began to flow a river of healing which has made Lourdes a world-famous shrine for the sick. Lourdes is firstly for the sick, yet many millions of pilgrims who are not physically ill have received inner healing by washing in the waters and taking part in the great Eucharistic processions and receiving Holy Communion there. This booklet will appeal to all who have visited or would like to visit Lourdes and wish to know more about Our Ladys special seat of mercy.
Aidan Nichols OP is a priest-theologian and Dominican friar, and has written a number of books. He is the author of COME TO THE FATHER: An Invitation to Share the Catholic Faith, also published by St Pauls. Fr Nichols is based at Blackfriars in Cambridge.
The Rev. John Christopher Aidan Nichols O.P. (born September 17, 1948) is an academic and Catholic priest, and served as the first John Paul II Memorial Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University for 2006-8, the first lectureship of Catholic theology at that university since the Reformation. He is a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and was formerly the Prior of St. Michael and All Angels in Cambridge.