A few nights ago, I was watching the day’s rebroadcast of the Tour de France with my wife, and as the peloton made its way through beautiful rolling hills and verdant green fields of the French countryside, the announcer shocked me by exclaiming, “That was the Lady of La Salette sanctuary we just flew past. Built between 1852 and 1879 . . . it’s the second Catholic pilgrimage in France after Lourdes. . . . The Virgin Mary was said to appeared there in the guise of a crying woman on September 19, 1846.”
Firstly, I had never heard of Our Lady of La Salette, so I looked it up.
Secondly, was I just informed of important Church history and Mariology from a sporting broadcast?