This, of course, is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. And it is also a day when history was made in Egypt.
Above: “The Virgin Mary Tree” in Egypt.
An ancient tradition holds that it protected the Holy Family.
The Anchoress points out that Hosni Mubarak resigned on a Marian feast — and that is appears to be part of a larger pattern:
15 August 1945 – VJ Day – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
8 December 1987 – Reagan signs treaty with Gorbachev – Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
11 Feb 1990 – Nelson Mandela Freed – Our Lady of Lourdes
22 August 1991 – Failure of Russian Coup – Queenship of Mary
21 November 1995 – Initialing of the Dayton Peace Accord in Bosnia – Presentation of Mary
12 December 2000 – Supreme Court finally ends election recounts in America – Our Lady of Guadalupe
11 February 2011 – Egyptians drive out Mubarak – Our Lady of Lourdes
It’s also worth noting, as the A emphasizes, that the Holy Family fled to Egypt. It’s not unreasonable to think that Our Lady has a vested interest in watching over the land that, at a critical moment, watched over her and the Christ.
Read the rest. And let’s remember Egypt and its people in our prayers.