O/L of LOURDES
Our Lady of Lourdes Apparition
Lourdes Speaks to Bernadette
The Blessed Virgin often appears to children because they are more open to her words. This was the case at Lourdes, France on February 11, 1858. A 14 year old, poor girl named Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that she saw a ‘lady’ at Massabielle which was about a mile from her home. Bernadette, her sister, Toinette, and a friend, Jeanne Abadie were collecting wood when they heard a strange wind, but nothing moved. They saw a glow at the mouth of a cave and there appeared a small girl.
Description of Our Lady of LourdesOur Lady of
- Small girl
- White dress with a blue belt
- A yellow rose on each foot
- A rosary the color of the rose
Bernadette and her sister were punished by their parents when Toinette told them about the apparition. Their parents thought the girls were lying about the vision. This did not deter Bernadette and her friends. They returned to the grotto with holy water, thinking that if the ‘lady’ was evil, she would be afraid of the holy water. Bernadette sprinkled the holy water on Our Lady of Lourdes and saw that she was not afraid but grateful. The girls rushed to the village to tell of the ecstasy of Our Lady. Soon, the Blessed Virgin spoke to Bernadette:
- Return to the grotto for two weeks
- You will find happiness in the next world but not this one.
- Tell people that penance and prayer is needed for conversion of sinners
- Bernadette was to dig for water and drink from its spring.
- The water miraculously cured seven patients.
- Our Lady reveals that she is the Immaculate Conception
Our Lady of Lourdes and the Catholic Church
|The Catholic Church decided to launch an investigation of the Our Lady of Lourdes apparition on November 17, 1858. The result of the investigation was that the Blessed Virgin Mary did appear to Bernadette. The positive results of the investigation began the veneration of Our Lady of Lourdes by the Catholic Church and its believers. Many of the faithful wear Our Lady of Lourdes medals, declaring their faith in the Blessed Virgin openly. They recite the Our Lady of Lourdes prayer and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine each year offering prayers and penance for sinners, just as the Immaculate Conception requested at Lourdes.
Our Lady of Lourdes