Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of the most beloved Marian apparitions. People from all over the world travel to the grotto in search of healing. But, while not everyone who visits the basilicas or keeps a little bottle of Lourdes water on the shelf will receive a physical miracle, it is certain that God, who loves us, hears our prayers and will answer them according to our true needs, and to His plan for us, which will always be for our good.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matt 7:7-11 NIV)