The Appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Grotto of Lourdes: Personal Souvenirs of an Eyewitness (Classic Reprint)

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Extraordinary changes seem passing over the world in which we live. There is hardly an institution that is not questioned, hardly a tradition on which men do not look askance. And this change is affecting every realm of life: in politics, in art, in science, in philosophy, and above all, in religion, old established axioms seem to be doubted and new systems to be dawning. Now of course it is possible to make out a case for either condemnation or acceptance of this new movement. These changes may be said of the one hand to be evidences of a new renaissance, or on the other symptoms of decay; their activities may be judged as the pulsations and birth-pangs of a new life, or as the seething energies of a corrupting civilisation. One thing, however, is certain, that, although Life involves change, it equally demands continuity. The life of humanity, like the life of a tree, must continually be changing its appearance - or, at the least, continually be passing through recurring cycles of change - yet, on the other hand it must be that, in the deepest sense, it progresses along the lines of its own nature. Men "cannot gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles."

In what direction then must we look for the reassurance that continuity is still with us, and that we have not broken with the past in such a sense as to have not interrupted our vitality? For Christians there can be but one answer: we look for continuity along the deepest line only - the line of the spirit. Monarchy may yield to democracy, and democracy to bureaucracy or despotism, and the springs of life are not necessarily destroyed.

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Lord! He whom thou lovest is sick. Here, above all, as God goes on His way in glorious disguise, com ing back to the Tabernacle where He dwells, vaster crowds than even those wich welcomed as He came to the city of His father David, greet Him with the same cry, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord Here once more, then, as Jesus goes by, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.

The story told in this volume is largely the story of a man who did not believe these things to be possible, who was living in Lourdes when first Mary manifested herself to a little child, and who, dwelling in the company of the intellectuals of the little provincial town, thought it all very pretty and very poetical, but of course not true. 'we have found, said Philip long ago, Him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write. And Nathaniel said to him, 'can anything of good come from Nazareth P Philip saith to him, Come and see. 80 he too, came and saw. He saw Bernadette in ecstasy he watched her as she talked. Voicelessly with the Invisible; and the book tells the rest.

About the Publisher

Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com

This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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