Is it appropriate for a Catholic Shrine to sell Lourdes water (i’m not sure if it was blessed) if the proceeds go to upkeep the Shrine? I was at the gift shop today of a wonderful Catholic Shrine (one of the priests who runs it seems pretty Orthodox) and came upon an ornate glass bottle of Lourdes water…it had a price tag of $10 and no donation sign…When questioned, the manager said that the customer is technically paying for the bottle, not the Lourdes water…I’m also aware that the shop proceeds go to this very large shrine with alot of property to upkeep…Since we are not supposed to “buy” Lourdes water, I decided against it although my soul felt very drawn to it… I’m starting to wonder if it would have been morally acceptable to get the water?
Also, some Shrines in my region, this one included, are open on Sundays since many people go there for the Mass …Is that the norm for many Shrines?
Would it have been OK to have “bought” the bottle with the Lourdes water? I know I can always order it via donation from France but I felt a powerful connection to this water which I did not act upon…thanks !