Our Lady of Lourdes

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France, when Bernadette was only fourteen years old. The “lady” appeared to be only about sixteen, wearing a white veil and a white gown with a blue sash. She carried a large rosary with white beads on a golden chain. She had a golden rose on each of her bare feet. The Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette eighteen times…

Our Lady of Lourdes

The Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858 in Lourdes, France, a little over 150 years ago. Her message was to encourage prayer, especially saying the daily Rosary. However, her appearance at Lourdes had another purpose, to confirm in a supernatural way the new dogma of the Immaculate Conception. This dogma was proclaimed four years earlier by Pope Pius IX, but was a traditional belief of the Catholic faithful…

Fatima and Lourdes

Many Catholics know about Our Blessed Mother’s apparitions at both Fatima and Lourdes. Many also believe that the message of Our Lady of Fatima is of vital importance to the world today, almost 100 years after she came to the little mountain village in Portugal. There is a similarity in the two appearances in that the Mother of God called for penance and reparation in both Fatima, Portugal and in Lourdes, France.

Our Lady of Lourdes

We celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11th. The shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is likely one of the most visited shrines on earth. At the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, countless numbers of people have been healed with the water from the miraculous spring. People suffering from physical ailments as well as spiritual maladies have testified to their cures.

Our Lady of Lourdes

The wonderful feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on February 11, the day in 1858 when the Blessed Mother made her first appearance to St. Bernadette in a small grotto in Lourdes, France.

Our Lady of Lourdes

This month, on February 11th, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Blessed Mother appeared eighteen times to St. Bernadette in Lourdes, France, in 1858.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Homily at Lourdes

When we follow the Jubilee Way in the footsteps of Bernadette, we are reminded of the heart of the message of Lourdes. Bernadette is the eldest daughter of a very poor family, with neither knowledge nor power, and in poor health. Mary chose her to transmit her message of conversion, prayer and penance, which fully accord with words of Jesus: “What you have hidden from the wise and understanding, you have revealed to babes” (Mt 11:25).

Our Lady of Lourdes

One of the most popular apparitions of the Blessed Mother are her appearances in 1858 to St. Bernadette at Lourdes in France, which the Church celebrates on February 11th. These apparitions contain both explicit and implicit messages that are still relevant today, especially to us home schoolers.