Lourdes, France, Aug 14, 2004 / 22:00 pm
On Saturday evening, during the prayer of the Rosary before the grotto of Lourdes, Pope John Paul called Christians to pray for more priestly and religious vocations and challenged them to change the world starting “from the inside,” meaning personal conversion.
“Kneeling here, before the grotto of Massabielle, I feel deeply that I have reached the goal of my pilgrimage. This cave, where Mary appeared, is the heart of Lourdes.”
“It reminds us of the cave of Mount Horeb where Elijah met the Lord, who spoke to him in ‘a still small voice’”, the Pope said.
“As pilgrims to Lourdes –he added,- we too wish this evening to retrace in prayer, together with Mary our Mother,” “We wish to learn from the lowly handmaid of the Lord an attitude of docility and openness to the word of God and a generous commitment to welcoming Christ’s teaching into our lives.”