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The sanctuary of Our Lady of Fourvières, so dear to the faithful inhabitants of Lyon, is famous throughout the world. The Lord is pleased to work wonders in favor of those who come to implore Mary’s mercy on Her holy mountain.
Here is a very touching fact which was communicated by a venerable priest to a Paris newspaper.
“About five months ago, I had just visited the illustrious shrine of Our Lady of Fourvières, and I was happy to tell my parishioners of the marvels of piety that my eyes had seen there and the sweet emotions that my heart had experienced. At that moment, a virtuous mother of a family, who had left in the care of a neighbor a young child of six years old, whose eyes had been sick since birth, felt confidence in her heart for Our Lady of Fourvières. “Oh!” she said to herself, “if this Our Lady wanted to heal my little one, I would not fail to have a mass celebrated for Her!” This prayer was very simple, but it was very sincere and animated by the most lively confidence; therefore it went up to the Heart of Mary.
“The very next day the child was healed; her eyes became pure and clear and remained so until her death.
“The virtuous mother, convinced that such a prompt cure could only have been achieved through the intervention of the One she had prayed to, hastened to fulfill her duty towards the Benefactress of her child, and every day she is happy to pay her tribute of gratitude for such a great benefit.
“For myself, my thought is certainly not to cry miracle, but knowing the condition of the child, the wish of the mother, and the lasting cure that has coincided, I cannot help but recognize there a sweet operation of our most merciful Advocate.”
PEIGNET, Bellecombe (Drôme), April 15, 1858.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.