Sorry this is posted in the middle of the day. I had some computer trouble yesterday.
Today is a great feast. I had posted some info last year in February on this site and that link is found below for quick access.
The messages we can take away from this are many but my favorite is the fact that Our Lady came and claimed: "I am the Immaculate Conception". This is still a controversial topic among both Catholic and Protestants alike - even though it is a dogma of our faith and therefore - one is obliged to believe it.
In 1858, in the grotto of Massabielle, near Lourdes in southern France, Our Lady appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl, starting on Feb. 11 through July 16th (Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel). She began by praying the Rosary with Bernadette (only Bernadette prayed the Hail Marys). Our Lady had asked that penance be done and told Bernadette that She did not promise her happiness in this life – only in the next. She told her to drink from a fountain in the grotto, where we now have a spring of miraculous water for all the Church to benefit.
Our Lady revealed Herself as the Immaculate Conception on March 25th (Feast of the Annunciation) and asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception had just been given to the Church by Pope Pius IX just four years prior in 1854. We may conclude that this apparition helped the skeptical faithful to accept the True Teachings of Mother Church.
It is very feasible that controversy ensued even among the so called "scholars" of the Roman Catholic Church. It is exciting that Our Lady had to come and straighten them out. Also, in order for all to believe, God permitted a miraculous spring in which many are healed.
Let us not forget to pray our daily Rosaries and offer much reparation for the sins of the world - especially for abortions and for all crimes committed everywhere inside and outside the Church. Our Lady needs our prayers and sacrifices to help Her win souls for Christ and His Church. Let us not be indifferent to Her plea and may we not fail Her and truly strive to be Her devoted children.
Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette - Pray for us!!
Below is the link from last year - you must scroll down to the second article on the page. Thank you and God bless your day!
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!