Bernadette Soubirous was a girl of fourteen when, on 11 February 1858, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to her as she was out walking with her sister and a friend. The lady appeared again; on one occasion a small spring began to flow after she told Bernadette to dig in the mud. This water was seen to have healing properties and Lourdes has become a famous destination for prayer and healing.
When I was fourteen I joined a school trip to Lourdes, organised by the Servite nuns from the convent school I attended. It was summer, but Sister Alban, the headmistress, gave us a dispensation from wearing our regulation (awful) straw hats and issued us with a navy beret apiece. It still didn’t make us look French.
In those days, only children from orphanages in France wore a uniform so when we helped out in the large refectory, serving pilgrims, they thought we were poor English orphans. The nuns told us this but I don’t know if they told the French we weren’t – maybe they gave orphans bigger portions so the sisters decided to keep quiet. Anyway, we threw ourselves into it and even submerged ourselves in the healing baths. I don’t remember much more about it, except that we bought tasteful plastic containers and filled them full of the water to take back home to give to the mums and aunties.
I was reminded of my trip when I read a message from Patricia Cota-Robles on www.eraofpeace.org. Her followers have collected Healing Waters from all over the world, including, of course, Lourdes, to create a Sacred Blend of Healing Water. She is offering a small vial of starter water to anyone who contacts her. The starter water needs to be activated so the vial comes with instructions on how to do this.
As you can imagine, I was only too happy to receive this gift (Patricia sends it free but donations are welcome).
In ‘Squaring Circles’ a healing circle produces an elixir of life which has the remarkable effect of turning back Pandora’s biological clock. I’m not saying that the Sacred Blend will do that for me, but I’m slightly excited about taking it and wondering if my bikini body may be on its way back from the grave.
Whatever we expect from our Healing Water, the great thing is that now everyone can have their very own supply without having to leave the country or take part in a pagan ritual!