Lourdes Approves Repair Plans, After Last Year’s Flooding

APTOPIX France Flood

Almost a year after floods swept through southwestern France, the Shrine of our Lady of Lourdes is finally about to be repaired.It was June 2013 when the normally placid Gave de Pau River broke its banks, swamping much of southwestern France and leaving the famed pilgrimage site under water for two days.  Work crews rushed to clear mud and remove debris after the massive flood; but the grotto had been inundated by floodwaters, causing millions of dollars in damage and making the area unsafe … [Read more...]

What Mary Wore: Belts and Veils from Mary’s Closet

In honor of the Marian feast this week, I thought I’d take a peek inside the Virgin Mary’s closet.  Sometimes you’d think, from looking at pious representations of the Mother of God, that she was a real fashionista. Actually, when you think about it, living in such a warm climate, Mary must have had at least a few tunics.  But haven’t the artists taken her style just over the top? Why Did Mary Wear Blue?First, there’s that closet full of tunics!  Classical artists like Botticelli, Raphael a … [Read more...]


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