Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler - Lourdes | WVIA

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler - Lourdes

Posted by WVIA Admin on

Airs Tuesday, December 16th at 8p on WVIA-TV

Host Bruce Feiler embeds with a group of active duty and retired US military, wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq and other American wars, as they travel to the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in Southwest France in search of healing.  More than five million pilgrims from around the world visit this shrine to the Virgin Mary every year to drink and bathe in the waters of a spring that Catholics believe has miraculous powers.

The wounded warriors from America are joining 25,000 other military and their families from 35 different nations on an International Military Pilgrimage that’s now in its 55th year, starting after the Second World War.   While only half the American soldiers are Catholic, all hope that Lourdes can provide spiritual and emotional healing beyond the treatment they’ve already received for their physical wounds and disabilities  especiallyfor invisible wounds of war like PTSD. 

Some of these wounded warriors come to Lourdes as skeptics, many with faith or at least an open mind.  Whether sharing their stories of war and recovery with Bruce Feiler or finding healing in the camaraderie of fellow warriors, the weeklong pilgrimage allows the veterans to open up to others in a place whose primary focus is to ease suffering. It’s healing just as powerful as the waters of the spring uncovered by a young peasant girl named Bernadette during her vision of the Virgin Mary in 1858.  Not everyone believes in miracles, but as a young non-Catholic soldier wounded just months earlier in Afghanistan says on his departure from Lourdes: “I don’t know what it is but there’s something special about this place.”  

pbs.pngnpr.pngpbskids.png
listenlive_fulllength.jpg cove_spacer.png
Now Playing on WVIA-FM

PMPM_no-to-zero_FB_v1.jpg

        

nprnews5.jpg

Death Toll Rises As Philippine Military Tries To Regain Control Of Marawi

The siege seems to be an effort by ISIS-inspired local groups to be recognized as a province of their caliphate. The...

The Science Behind The Super Abilities Of Sherpas

A study adds to evidence that it's a matter of blood and genes. "Hopefully, there will be huge medical implications,"...

As Trump Lifestyle Takes Toll On Secret Service, Lawmakers Try To Give Extra Support

A House committee has approved a measure allowing the Service to spend more to protect the president's many homes...

WATCH: Kids Craft Comics To Explore Immigration Fears

Children of people in the country illegally often experience fear and worry — with the shadow of deportation as a...

In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

Nearly 130 years since its inception, a modest knob of rubber with a metal handle is still invaluable in diagnosing...

The Ramblin' Blues Of Gregg Allman

One of the most recognizable voices of his generation, Allman was one of the namesakes of a band that pioneered...

reserve3.png artscene_header.png