Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honor of the Marian apparitions that are claimed to have occurred in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France. The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858, when 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that a “lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Similar apparitions of the “Lady” were reported on eighteen occasions that year until the climax revelation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception took place.
That is the background of the feast, but it is said that spirituality indeed brings a healthy mind and body. Together as a family, we gathered in a hall, placing Mother Mary’s statue in the middle, and spent some time meditating and praying to our lady. The students enjoyed the silence and prayer and were able to have a light heart and be joyful after the prayer.