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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 10:45 AM


Believers Pray To ‘Our Lady Of The Milk' In Ancient Bethlehem Spot Where Mary Nursed

Religion News Service | By Michelle Chabin
Posted: 12/20/2014 7:52 am EST
Updated: 2 hours ago

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Dozens of photos of smiling babies accompanied by moving testimonials line the walls of Franciscan Brother Lawrence Bode’s office in the Milk Grotto Church where, tradition holds, the Virgin Mary hid in an underground cave in order to breast-feed Jesus as she and Joseph were fleeing King Herod.

It was here, Catholics believe, that drops of Mary’s breast milk spilled to the ground while she was nursing Jesus and turned the grotto’s red-brown stones a creamy white.

Located around the corner from the Church of the Nativity, which was built atop the site where Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Milk Grotto is the go-to destination for Christians — and those struggling with infertility.

“We estimate that in the past dozen years at least 3,000 babies have been born to mothers who prayed in the grotto,” said Bode, who has been the church’s guardian for the past 18 years. “And these are only the births we know about since I started collecting testimonials. We’ve had stories of Muslim women who’ve had children after visiting the grotto, and of two Israeli women as well.”


I never heard of this devotion before. I doubt it's an official Catholic belief but it's a touching devotion. If Jesus was truly human, it stands to reason he nursed as an infant as well as bleed as an adult.

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