At Lourdes, the Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl named Bernadette
on eighteen separate occasions in a small rock grotto beginning in
the year 1858. A miraculous freshwater spring, said to have healing
powers, began flowing at the grotto.
The Catholic Church approved the apparitions, and today millions
of pilgrims come from all over the world to cleanse their spirits
and heal their bodies through the water that flows constantly from
the spring at Lourdes. In fact, a recent medical study concluded
that, to date, over two thousand, five hundred inexplicable healings
have occurred here.
When introducing the spring, Our Lady told the visionary
and drink from the spring, and wash yourself there."
Today, many pilgrims drink the water hoping for cures and blessings,
while others bottle it up to take home. In addition, over four hundred
thousand visitors a year choose to be totally immersed in the water,
which takes place in the bathhouse.
Throughout the course of the apparitions, Our Lady gave Bernadette
several messages that would be instrumental in making Lourdes what
many today call The Capital of Prayer.
When Bernadette asked her vision for a name, Mary
am the Immaculate Conception."
During the 15th apparition, Our Lady gave a special
message to Bernadette. "Go
and tell the priest to build a chapel here and to have people come
Not only was the Blessed Mother's request granted
then, it is now being fulfilled like never before… almost
one hundred and fifty years later! More and more pilgrims are coming
to Lourdes, many of
them stricken with debilitating illnesses or handicaps and searching
for cures. The procession of the sick, where thousands of ill pilgrims
are walked through the courtyards at Lourdes, further fulfills Our
Lady's request. Also, every night at Lourdes, thousands of pilgrims
come bearing candles to participate in the torchlight procession.
The Church has attributed at least sixty-five genuine miracles to
the action of God through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes,
most of these involving miraculous healings. Many more cases are
being investigated. With increased numbers of ailing pilgrims finding
solace in Lourdes, that number is sure to increase.
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