The Hopeful Message of Lourdes

Posted February 11, 2017 6:59 pm by admin

Today we celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes, when on a cold winter day in 1858 in the south of France, the Virgin Mary appeared to the young peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, with sixteen subsequent visitations, culminating in the ‘Lady’s’ declaration, in response to Bernadette’s question, that she was the ‘Immaculate Conception’, a dogma proclaimed by Bd. Pius IX four years earlier.
What was once an unremarkable village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Lourdes has now become one of the foremost pilgrimage sites in the world, welcoming four to six million visitors  per year, a beacon of hope for those seeking


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