I managed to oversleep, tsk; Prime is still ahead and I had to omit my morning walk but am otherwise more or less returned to the normal progress of the day. The temperature is close to 40, there's only a bit of damp, and the 'winter storm watch' warnings have disappeared from the weather apps on the mobile: I deduce from these that the ice-and-snow storm ain't happening, alas. Am recalling with nostalgia the forty minutes that afternoon a fortnight ago when snow fell and made the empty grey air beautiful.... Today is the feast of the Apparition of Our Lady Immaculate at Lourdes (CE, Introibo, Wiki English and French) and Holy Mass is streamed from Saint-Eugène at 1000.
This feast was extended to the whole Latin Church under Pius X, half a century after the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to Bernadette Soubirous. As at one time the appearance of the Archangel Michael on Monte Gargano was celebrated in a great many dioceses, so now that the devotion to our Lady's sanctuary at Lourdes has attained to worldwide fame, it seemed fitting that the whole Western Church should in like manner celebrate the numerous appearances of the Immaculate Virgin to that innocent and simple little shepherdess. These revelations, the genuineness of which has been confirmed by thousands of miracles, appear to have been designed by divine Providence as the seal set by heaven on the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, promulgated by Pius IX some years earlier. In a manner, then, they form part of the history of our Catholic dogmas, and from this point of view today’s liturgical feast is of great apologetic value, inasmuch as it shows that the Holy Ghost, according' to the divine promise, deducet ... in omnem veritatem.