My wife and I go up to visit family in Pennsylvania several
times a year. We drive up Interstate 270 to U.S. Route 15 and
then connect with Interstate 81 in Harrisburg to go all the
way to Wilkes-Barre.
We've probably gone by Mount St. Mary's University in
Emmitsburg, Md., more than 200 times. Every time we passed
"The Mount," we would see the sign that reads "Lourdes
We always meant to stop, but never did. We were always in a
rush to get to our destination, or to return home. Last
October, we took an extra day and stopped at the National
Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on St. Mary's Mountain
on our way home. It's a wonderful, peaceful place to visit.
There's a chapel, grotto cave, outdoor Stations of the Cross
and small shrines.
Read the full story and see pictures from our trip in the
March 10 Camps and Travel issue of the Catholic Herald and