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Sat Apr 01 00:31:03 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Lourdes, by Robert Hugh Benson This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Lourdes Author: Robert Hugh Benson Release Date: July 1, 2006 [EBook #18729] Language: English Character set encoding: UTF-8 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK LOURDES *** Produced by Geoff Horton, Karina Aleksandrova and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net LOURDES BY THE VERY REV.
MONSIGNOR ROBERT HUGH BENSON WITH EIGHT FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS ST.
LOUIS MO.: B.
HERDER, PUBLISHER 17, S.
BROADWAY LONDON: MANRESA PRESS ROEHAMPTON, S.W. 1914 Nihil Obstat: S.
GEORGIUS KIERAN HYLAND, S.T.D., CENSOR DEPUTATUS Imprimatur: GULIELMUS F.
BROWN, VICARIUS GENERALIS, SOUTHWARCENSI. Sat Apr 01 00:31:03 2017 2 _15 Maii, 1914._ PREFACE. Since writing the following pages six years ago, I have had the privilege of meeting a famous French scientist--to whom we owe one of the greatest discoveries of recent years--who has made a special study of Lourdes and its phenomena, and of hearing him comment upon what takes place there.
He is, himself, at present, not a practising Catholic; and this fact lends peculiar interest to his opinions.
His conclusions, so far as he has formulated them, are as follows: (1) That no scientific hypothesis up to the present accounts satisfactorily for the phenomena.
Upon his saying this to me I breathed the word -suggestion-; and his answer was to laugh in my face, and to tell me, practically, that this is the most ludicrous hypothesis of all. (2) That, so far as he can see, the one thing necessary for such cures as he himself has witnessed or verified, is the atmosphere of prayer. Where this rises to intensity the number of cures rises with it; where this sinks, the cures s...





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