We have been saying prayers to Our Lady of Lourdes for a couple of weeks – call it an extended novena. Today was her feast day. The cathedral in the city had a special Mass which was to include the Anointing of the Sick, so my parents and I went. We saw one of their friends in a seat, so we made our way over to sit with her. Before we had a chance to sit down, a woman at the front of the church instructed people to move up closer if they wanted to be anointed. So, we started moving forward. We were just about to go into the third row when she said we should go up to the front. Being good, obedient Catholics, we went up and sat in the front row at the end. We were a mere few feet from the altar which was in the middle surrounded the semi-circle of seating. A representative from a group that takes sick people to Lourdes spoke briefly about their mission. I was emotional as I remembered my own experience there. When it came time for the anointing, 5 priests stationed themselves in front of the altar, around the semi-circle. My parents were some of the first to receive the blessing. As the rest of the people came forward, I felt like I was up close and personal as I witnessed their intimate moment with God. I tried not to watch and invade their space, but I did notice each person’s joy as they walked away. It was a beautiful celebration. On the way out, we received a bottle of holy water from Lourdes so we have a good supply.
I Found God today in His intimacy in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.