The date is significant. There were 18 days of protest in Egypt. Many of the Egyptians who were protesting for change in their country were young, marginalized, poor in spirit, but they had great heart and courage and little else. They protested against injustice. Justice won the day. On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, on February 11, 2011, an evil regime fell in Egypt and history was made. The crowds chanted, "Fear has been defeated," and "Egypt is free." Hope, courage and belief were rewarded. During prayers in Egypt, the prayers of the protesters were answered dramatically. Hosni Mubarak finally faced reality and resigned. A regime filled with lies, false rumors, threats, torture, killing and evil ways fell on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The feast is celebrated on February 11, because that is the day St. Bernadette's visions began. An amazing coincidence or an answer to prayer or both. This feast that celebrates the visions of the Blessed Mother that young, poor, weak and uneducated Bernadette saw at Lourdes, France. Eighteen visions in all. At first, people didn't believe in Bernadette but as time went by, they started to believe in her and her miraculous story of faith. The weak and marginalized using prayer, filled with hope and through peaceful resistance can do great things. "With God all things are possible." The Egyptians fought for freedom, such a priceless gift and well worth fighting for. I pray for their new democracy that it unfolds with peace, wisdom and for the good of the people.
(Interestingly, Mary is highly regarded in Islam.)
This is the power of human dignity. (President Obama- 2/11/2011)
I am a graduate of Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.
I am a Third Order Carmelite.
I have a great devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux and all the Carmelite saints.
Quotes I like: Blessed Mother Teresa
"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
And from a great woman Doctor of the Church-
"To have courage for whatever comes in life, everything lies in that." St. Teresa of Avila