Our Lady and Sheen

Reflections on Bastille Day

To all patriotic French, Joyeux Quatorze Juillet.  I apologize if I do not seem as enthusiastic as I would have in my youth about such things.  I have no significant attachment to the French people, other than my love for the persons of France and the Cajun of Louisiana.  However, the more I muse on the celebration of the storming of the Bastille, the more I juxtapose that with the utter and despicable anti-religion that I discovered in France.

Churches and abbeys dot the skylines of the French countryside every where you go, and yet something like 4% of the population attend church regularly.  The past is looked on with disdain, Cathedrals are falling apart, and God is looked on as a joke; and it all began, symbolicaly with the Bastille.

Yet, in this bleak land of darkness, “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  Some of the most powerful words in scripture to me, and true.  In a land dotted by forgotten Tombs of St. Thomas Aquinas (in Tolouse), St. Simon Stock (in Bordeaux), St. Martin of Tours, and many hundreds, if not thousands of other saints, stands within the eldest daughter of the Church three beacons of hope!

First, the humble Curé d’Ars, standing watch over his Parish, however small it may become.  Second, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, resting in Carmel in Lisieux, the patronness of the Missions though she never left her convent. 

Finally, Our Lady, standing in the midst of the Pyranees, stronger than the fortress of Lourdes, calling out to the World to come and be healed by Faith in the One Christ, The one Lord!  The waters from the Grotto flowing like tears from our Dear Mother’s eyes for the loss of that precious faith in France, Europe, and all places where the faith is dwindling.  The waters from the Grotto flowing as an accelerant to ignite the flame of Faith wherever it is willing!  Knowing that her Son, that precious Babe whom she held in her arms in Bethlehem, that precious Boy that she nurtured through His youth, and that precious Saviour that she again held in her arms after the Victory of the Cross, will prevail across all time and space, and those who follow Him and eat of His flesh shall have Eternal Life!  It is as if she cries out from her place in the Grotto, “My Lord and my Son, have pitty on these people once again, and give them the grace of conversion of heart and healing of body so that they may turn and believe!”

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

St. Denis, pray for us!

St. Thérèse, pray for us!

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!

St. Jean Marie Vianney, pray for us!

All you Holy Saints of France, pray for us!


July 14, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

    Comment by Christine Pennacchio | July 14, 2010 | Reply

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