‘I am the Immaculate Conception’: these are the words of Our Lady to St Bernadette when she asked the name of the one she called ‘Aquero’. What do these words mean? They are similar in construction to the words of Our Lord, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’ and, as with these words, it takes a lifetime to probe their meaning and to enter their mystery. As we do so, we find that we ourselves are gradually transformed, drawn closer to her. How do we do this? One way is through the regular recitation of the holy Rosary, whose mysteries slowly penetrate our hearts and souls. Through Mary, we go to Christ.

May Our Lady of Lourdes be very close to you this day, and her intercession bring you all the graces that you need. May God bless you this day.