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The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes

The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes

On February 11, 1858 a 14 year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous witnessed the first of 18 visions of her blessed Virgin Mary at a grotto near Lourdes, France.  The first apparition appeared when Bernadette was gathering wood with her sister and a friend.  Bernadette heard a noise like a gust of wind and looked up toward the grotto.  She described what she saw:  “I saw a lady dressed in white.  She wore a white dress, an equally white veil, a blue belt and a yellow rose on each foot.”

 Upon seeing the Lady, who had a Rosary draped over her right arm, Bernadette began praying the Rosary.  When the prayer ended the Lady suddenly vanished.  On a subsequent visit to the grotto, the lady spoke.  Bernadette asked the Lady to write down her name, and the Lady replied:  “It is not necessary,” and then added, “I do not promise to make you happy in this world, but in the next. Would you be kind enough to come here for a fortnight?”  In the weeks that followed, there were several more apparitions of the Lady at the grotto.

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The Miracles Of Lourdes: The St. Bernadette Story

The Miracles Of Lourdes: The St. Bernadette Story

In February 1858 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a 14-year-old girl called Bernadette Soubirous (now St. Bernadette) in the remote Grotto of Massabielle.

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On 11 February 1858, Bernadette Soubirous was out gathering firewood with her sister and another friend at the grotto of Massabielle outside Lourdes, Bernadette saw the first of 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The other girls saw nothing. The apparition did not identify herself until the 17th vision, and until then Bernadette called her simply ‘Aquero’ (‘she’ in the local dialect).

On the ninth vision, the lady told Bernadette to drink from the spring that flowed under the rock.

Although there was no known spring there, and the ground was hard and dry, Bernadette assumed the lady meant that the spring was underground. She did as she was told and dug into the dirt, and a spring appeared which continues flowing to this day. The water of the spring pocesses miraculous healing properties; in the 145 years since then, about 70 cures have been verified by the Lourdes Bureau as “inexplicable”, but only after extremely rigorous scientific and medical examinations failed to find any other explanations.

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