Introduction by the Most Reverend Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Lourdes
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions to Saint Bernadette in Lourdes with 150 true and moving stories! With an introduction by Most Reverend Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Lourdes, and Pierre-Marie Dumont, publisher of the immensely popular Magnificat missal, The Wonders of Lourdes tells the true story of this marvellous shrine from the very first apparition to the present day. This unique collection chronicles 150 true and moving stories that celebrate 150 years of faith, prayer and miracles, and recounts the epic history of a pilgrimage site that has become a sign of conversion, faith and hope for millions of believers.
Working in harmony with the bishops of France and with complete access to the Lourdes archives, twenty-two contributing writers relate in dramatic style the development of the shrine, its traditions and the personal journeys of many who work or have visited there. Written in an engaging fashion representing a variety of styles, The Wonders of Lourdes is an essential addition to a home library that makes a cherished gift to loved ones. A great preparation for the first Papal visit of Pope Benedict to Lourdes, planned for the autumn of 2008.
“The Wonder of Lourdes is a work like no other – a beautiful, grand, engaging and wonderfully comprehensive history of the Lourdes story that calls us back to the virtue of hope. Magnificat has done the Catholic community a marvelous service with this project. It’s a treasure.”
— Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.,
Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado
“A monumental tribute of history and prose to the spiritual mother of all peoples who identified herself to the world from that humble Lourdes grotto with the sublime revelation: ‘I am the Immaculate Conception.’”
— Dr. Mark Miravalle, Professor of Theology and Mariology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
“Above all, this book proposes with simple clarity the wisdom and truth found in the stories of the people who are ‘the wonders of Lourdes!’”
— Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda, author of The Seeker’s Guide to Mary (Loyola, 2002)
“Each chapter is a potent reminder that the astonishing gift of Our Lady at Lourdes is for everyone – from the greatest of pontiffs to the humblest laborer, from the most learned theologian to the simplest soul wrestling with life’s challenges.”
— Matthew Bunson, editor, Encyclopedia of Saints (Our Sunday Visitor)
“Like the spring at the grotto, the stories in this marvelous collection bubble up in an abundance of refreshing witness to the continuing miracle that is Lourdes.”
— Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., editor of The Catholic Answer magazine.