Marie du jour 2020: 5 May

Holy Virgin you have done me a great favor, instead of one picture of you, you have given me two!

Servant of God Augustine of the Blessed Sacrament
(Hermann Cohen)

The Servant of God Father Augustine of the Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D. (Hermann Cohen) led the first pilgrimage to Lourdes on 20 September 1858. His companion on that pilgrimage, Abbé Rozies, describes an unusual occurrence: “when he bent down to drink from the spring at the grotto… his breviary fell into the basin. A lady quickly tried to retrieve it from the water, and the priest also looked to see if the pages had gotten wet. There was one particularly beautiful picture of Our Lady, which he expected to find soaked. But not only was the colored picture of Our Lady not spoiled, but a perfect copy of it was imprinted on the blank page of his breviary.”

Tierney, T  2017,  A Life of Hermann Cohen: From Franz Liszt to John of the CrossBalboa Press,  Bloomington, IN

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