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Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and Grotto

In 1922, Cleveland nuns from the order of Good Shepherd Sisters traveled to the shrine at Lourdes, France -- renowned among the faithful for its healing powers. They brought back a piece of the stone where, a young girl said, the Virgin Mary appeared in 1858, and they transformed a recently bequeathed Euclid vineyard into a replica of the shrine. Water runs over the stone, in imitation of the spring at Lourdes. A small shed displays crutches and back braces left by those who have said that praying at the shrine helped cure them. Whether you believe in faith healing, the shrine -- with its pathway up the hillside and stations of the cross -- is a moving place for spiritual contemplation.

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September 22, 2021

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