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The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes
  On February 11, 1858 a 14 year-old girl named Bernadette
Soubirous witnessed the rst of 18 visions of her blessed Virgin
Mary at a grotto near Lourdes, France.  The rst 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
The Grotto at Lourdes, France.
apparitions of the Lady at the grotto.  On on occasion, the Lady
gave Bernadette the following message:  "Penance! Penance!
Penance!  Pray to God for sinners.  Kiss the ground as an act of
penance for sinners!"  On another visit to the grotto, with a large
crowd present, the apparition instructed Bernadette to drink
and bathe from a previously unknown spring that owed under
the rock.  While scratching the ground, Bernadette found that it
was moist and that a little pool of muddy water was forming.
 She cupped her hands together and was able to drink the water
and wash her face.  The waters that ow from this holy spring
have subsequently been known to have miraculous healing
powers.  Upon hearing of Bernadette's visions, the local priest
directed Bernadette to ask the Lady her name.  Initially, the
Lady only smiled but did not divulge her name.  It was not until
the 16th apparition that the Lady identi ed herself.  Bernadette
said that the Lady "li ed up her eyes to heaven, joined her
hands as though in prayer...and said to me: 'I am the
Immaculate Conception".  The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared
twice more at the grotto.  Bernadette's nal vision occurred on
July 16th, 1858.  

Today millions of pilgrims venture to Lourdes every year to


experience the healing properties of the waters that ow from
the spring.  

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