February is what we annually prefer to refer to as the Month of the Church, and due to the only two Feasts of February, on the 2nd and the 22nd, without any Solemnity liturgical status. The 2 Feasts greatly connect with the Church (the Presentation in the Temple, and the Chair of Peter). Lourdes is only a Memorial, great though it is and for the World Day of the Sick. Yet more than just healing, we are called to holiness, and by oneness with God and His Church. Our Church on earth is directed in her journey toward a Church eventually TRIUMPHANT forever and ever. For when this world is over and purgatory altogether emptied (likely later on), no other ‘church’ will exist but the Church TRIUMPHANT of the TRINITY.
Here we’re a pilgrim/militant Church. As the mystical body of Christ our Head, we are of one pilgrimage toward Heaven. We are also Militant (especially at the Vatican, in Marian Legions, etc. to battle with the world), yet united with the Church Suffering (in purgatory), and especially with the Church Triumphant via the Communion of Saints. As such, a perfect parallel example would be a pilgrimage to a holy site. The more the pilgrims, and the holier the site, (the Real Presence of the Eucharist in some form – in a tabernacle there, nearby, or in another way – especially the Daily Mass, but also any relics of saints, too), the greater the graces, typically, and per harmony and order among the pilgrims instead of interruptions, disputations, break-offs, worldly distractions, etc. So, too, the Church in unity -- members of the Mystical Body all the more one with Abba Father and Christ the Son via the Holy Spirit Unifier-FIRE -- is comparable also to a Marian pilgrimage more as one, than of any splintering about, dissipating, or chaotic conduct.
Even though any pilgrimage will encounter something of the world, the flesh, the devil, etc. evils, the basic spirit of people united on a sacred journey is that of greater victories in going from grace to grace, and communion unto greater union with our Triune God. As we move on toward the Year of the Consecrated Life, we can also see the wonder of the married life, as God designed it in goodness – nothing perverted. The greatest marriage of all is that of Christ the Bridegroom with all sanctifiable souls as the Bride aboveall in the Church TRIUMPHANT. Next to that is the consecrated life of a priest or religious married spiritually to the pilgrim-militant Church on earth, yet with the Church Suffering and TRIUMPHANT too (aboveall). While any religious vocation is incomparable in vitality (via holy celibacy, though), the vocation to single life can be similar (3rd Order religious, for ex., like St. Rose of Lima, 1st saint of the ‘New America’), while the one to married life can be very alive and holy, too. For all are called to the Evangelical Counsels – from Baptism on – of poverty, chastity, and obedience in order to be blessed in the life of the Beatitudes (likely the greatest example among others: ‘Blessed are the pure of heart [whatever the vocation] for they shall see God’= Beatific Vision in Heaven).
Connectedly, Mary and Joseph are great models of more than one vocation since, though married, they lived the most religious life of celibacy than anyone in history, full of grace as they were, etc., and Mary was known to have launched the life of religious vows (kept even before, during, and after her marriage). Mary according to Church approved mystics was 15 at the Incarnation. Hence, next year will be the 2,015th anniversary of the Incarnation and Birth of Jesus, yet also of the Marriage of Mary and Joseph! It falls right on the Year of 2015, the Year for the Consecrated Life, as decreed by Pope Francis. Mystics also learned that Mary lived 15 years after Jesus’s 33. Hence, as very clear in Bl. AC Emmerick’s revelations, Mary was 63 when she died 15+33+15=63. At most, people may celebrate a centennial anniversary… never a millennial, except as a Church. Yet, in Heaven, there could be a special commemoration of the 2,015th Anniversary. Indeed, I composed this section of this Month of the Church message right on the wedding date of Mary and Joseph – January 23, as recorded on p. 187 of the Life of Christ, Vol. I, by Anna Catherine Emmerick. Online for free reading http://www.ccel.org/ccel/emmerich/lifemary.x.html This site has drawings of their apparel (as quoted at the top of these monthly messages) too.
Have a Blessed & Holy February Month of the Church and en route to Heaven. Happy Masses on the 2nd and the 22nd Feast days, too, ever united aboveall with GOD and His Church Triumphant, in loving service, here and There both. For invoking saints is never in vain if done rightly in Christ. Finally, one little serving example: instead of “Tony, Tony look around: what is lost must be found” – a bit bossy in sound – another works far better, I find. Namely, “Holy Tony, please look around: what is lost can be found. Thank you, holy Tony.” And far more than for objects only – subjects (conversions). “By their fruits you will know them” can be extended to prayer methods a bit, too.
May Our Lady ever-flowering & overflowing with graces & mercies unfold in us The 3-Fold indwelling Divinity (of Her 3 'Roses') of LOVE to ever spring, sing, & ring alive.