September 7, 2008 |
When Pope Benedict XVI visits this small town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees next weekend, he will follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims who have come before him. Like them, he will take Communion, drink from the holy spring and touch the stone at the base of a cliff by the Gave River, where heaven opened to a 14-year-old girl, known as Bernadette, who said she first saw the Virgin Mary there on Feb. 11, 1858. The pope will celebrate the 150th anniversary of St. Bernadette's apparitions, with a pilgrim's heart full of yearning for transformation.
September 20, 2009 |
For my niece Rachel, it was that magical summer between high school graduation and the start of college. I hoped our trip would be the beginning of a new set of memories, the adult life realized. I had already treated a niece and nephew to graduation celebrations in Hawaii, but the islands somehow seemed the wrong fit for Rachel, a devout Catholic and, at 18, already a cancer survivor. She is a remarkable young woman, my sister Tina's middle child, who, even before her illness, had exhibited a graciousness that continued into adolescence, lifting her past the awkward it's-all-about-me stage into an early serenity.
December 24, 1989
I fail to understand the logic of the biased headline "Religion is Big Business at the Shrine of Lourdes" (Dec. 3), based on the article by Phillippe Naughton. I had the privilege of visiting Lourdes twice, spending up to 12 hours a day in prayer and public devotions--even forgoing lunch in order to treasure each spiritual moment. Pilgrims visiting Lourdes are there for the spiritual benefits. In the religious domain of Lourdes, one may obtain blessed candles and mass offerings can be made.
February 27, 2014
BY SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES STAFF WRITER TIMES PHOTOGRAPHS BY DON BARTLETTI he boy does not understand. His mother is not talking to him. She will not even look at him. Enrique has no hint of what she is going to do. Lourdes knows. She understands, as only a mother can, the terror she is about to inflict, the ache Enrique will feel and finally the emptiness. What will become of him? Already he will not let anyone else feed or bathe him. He loves her deeply, as only a son can. With Lourdes, he is a chatterbox.
September 21, 2008
I've read and enjoyed Susan Spano's work for at least a few years and was finally prompted to drop a note of appreciation after the story on Lourdes, France ["Slice of Heaven," Sept. 7]. My wife and I are planning our fifth trip to France next year, and we were debating whether to include Lourdes on our itinerary. Then Spano's article leaps off the front page of the Travel section. Case closed. John J. Flynn Irvine
March 17, 2014 |
Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a Silver Lake supermarket. Lourdes had claimed the spot three years earlier, after she was rousted from her encampment in Griffith Park. Before that, she'd lived in her 1973 Toyota, but it was eventually impounded because of overdue parking tickets. Lourdes was one of the folks we call "chronically homeless. " She'd been surviving on the city's margins for 20 years after losing her low-cost housing because of gentrification.