Giving thanks and praise to God
Just days ago we celebrated the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. On February 11, 1858, a beautiful woman began appearing to Bernadette Soubirous. She was fourteen years old. Bernadette was a poor French girl. The grotto, where the woman dressed in a radiant white dress girded in blue, was known as the “pigs shelter.” On March 25, in one of her appearances she told Bernadette the her name was “The Immaculate Conception.” In total, there were 18 apparitions over four months.In 1862, Pope Pius IX declared that Mary, by the graces received from God, was immaculately conceived without original sin.