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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Servant Books (January 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867168250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867168259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Where can you find a reality diversified yet united? In Lourdes, France, and in Lourdes Today. Where can you hear the testimony of so many people in a different way but together building the same inspiring world? In Lourdes and in Lourdes Today. Where can you feel heaven so close to earth? In Lourdes and in Lourdes Today. --Regis-Marie de La Teyssonnire, chaplain, the Sanctuaries at Lourdes, France

I have been to Lourdes on pilgrimage with the Knights of Malta eleven times in eleven years. Kerry Crawford captures the spirit and love of this sacred shrine. --Kevin J. White, K.M., Lourdes pilgrimage director

a welcomed book that transports you directly to Lourdes and into the grotto of your heart. I highly recommend Lourdes Today. --Melinda Henson, Friends of Lourdes Website

I have been to Lourdes on pilgrimage with the Knights of Malta eleven times in eleven years. Kerry Crawford captures the spirit and love of this sacred shrine. --Kevin J. White, K.M., Lourdes pilgrimage director

…a welcomed book that transports you directly to Lourdes and into the grotto of your heart. I highly recommend Lourdes Today. --Melinda Henson, Friends of Lourdes Website

About the Author

KERRY CRAWFORD, director of Crawford Research, conducts focus groups and in-depth interviews nationwide. She contributes frequently to the Catholic press and is coauthor of the Children's Book Picks column for the National Catholic Register. She made her first pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2004.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Blanche McGuire on February 2, 2008
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Kerry Crawford's book takes readers on pilgrimage deep into the heart, mind and soul of Lourdes. She paints a compelling picture of contemporary pilgrims: lay and clerical, old and young, patients and volunteer caregivers. Through their voices, readers share the Lourdes experience: They follow the footsteps of St. Bernadette, see the light in the grotto, bathe in the healing waters, and walk in the candlelight procession. Most importantly, Crawford has captured Lourdes' spirit of compassion and deep respect for the sick and suffering. She describes the many miracles, not only healings certified as such but many `unofficial blessings, graces asked and received. For Crawford and many other pilgrims, Lourdes is a life changing journey.

The rich details of Crawford's book will tell prospective Lourdes pilgrims exactly what to expect. Past visitors to Lourdes will enjoy reliving their experiences. For armchair travelers, she offers a compelling testament to the transforming power of faith and charity in today's hectic, self absorbed world.

"Lourdes Today" is beautifully written. I couldn't put it down.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank on September 29, 2008
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Author Kerry Crawford, who first visited Lourdes in 2004, writes that pilgrims to the shrine "measure their experience not by how far they travel but by how close they come to God." Her book provides a snapshot of the 150-year history of Lourdes colored by personal testimony of numerous pilgrims.

Crawford opens with the story of Bernadette and the apparitions, followed by a review of miracles and the Church's evolving process for proclaiming them. She discusses the history of pilgrimages in the Church and those to Lourdes. We learn that by the late 1800s large-scale national pilgrimages to the grotto had become popular in the U.S., frequently organized around a common illness or disability such as polio or blindness.

The final four chapters take up the traditions of rock, water, light, and wheat. The material on light explains that the grotto's candles signify the light accompanying Bernadette's visions, the candle she often carried to the site, and the pilgrims' search for inner light. In 1872, a Capuchin priest was inspired to "make the candles walk and sing" as he looked upon pilgrims praying by candlelight. His idea led to the practice of pilgrims bearing candles and joining to sing the Ave Maria Stella in front of the grotto. Today, tens of thousands of pilgrims continue the tradition. Between April and October, the most popular months for visitors, candlelight processions occur every evening. Groups of participants display banners or flags to identify themselves and their origins. They carry candles with paper lanterns imprinted with hymns to Mary in various languages. At the head of the procession, the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes is carried by bearers accompanied by others holding torches.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Regis J. Flaherty on February 20, 2008
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This well-crafted book gives the reader a great insight into the meaning and message of Lourdes. Crawford gives the history of the apparitions and situates them within Scripture and Catholic Tradition.

However, the greatest value of this book is that it leads the reader on a spiritual pilgrimage. For those who can't travel to the shrine, Crawford brings Lourdes to them. She does so through the witness of many people - the great and the lowly - who have been touched, converted, healed, encouraged, or strengthen through contact with Lourdes and its message.
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