Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 55th year of service to the missions of the world, is a spiritually based organization with worldwide mission-helping undertakings. It promotes information about and interest in the missionaries and their people – particularly in the Franciscan Missions of Central America, but also in the inner cities of the United States and Canada as well as every continent in the world.
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Saint of the Month
Our Lady of Lourdes
On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared for the first time to Bernadette Soubirous in the recess of the Massabielle cliff near Lourdes, at the foot of the pyrenees. Bernadette, then just fourteen, reported seeing a most beautiful woman, young and not taller than herself, dressed in white. A long rosary hung from her arm. She greeted Bernadette with a slight bow and seemed to invite her to pray. She passed the beads through her fingers as Bernadette recited the rosary.
On February 25th Bernadette was told, “Go, drink at the spring and wash in it.” Perplexed, she started for the river Gave; but the maiden in white pointed to the floor of the cave. “I went there,” Bernadette recounts, “but I only saw a little dirty water. I put my hands in but could not get enough to drink. I scratched and the water came, but muddy.
Prayer of the Month
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Mother, inspired by the knowledge that no one who ever sought your help was left unanswered, I come to you now fully confident that you will hear my plea.
So humbly ask you to grant my petition. (Here please mention your intentions.)
Grant me, too, the grace to imitate your virtues and persevere in a good Christian life.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.