Greetings in Jesus and Mary....
Today is the traditional feast of St. Bernadette and since I did not make a special post for the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb. 11th; I thought I would honor Our Lady today. I am posting a picture of Our Lady and not Bernadette because the focus is on Our Lady and her message. Bernadette was chosen for her humility....this is the message we can take away from today's feast!
I would like to digress a bit and begin by asking all to keep Canada (New France) in their prayers as arrests have been made yesterday for the leaders of this convoy. We are living in a communist world now...yes, we can not just think this is happening in Canada. Since Mr. Trudeau does not work for Canada but for Klaus Schwab and the Great Reset...this will be accepted in the world's media which is also owned by the globalists. Let us continue to pray to St. Joseph, patron of Canada and his spouse, Our good Queen and Mother! (Our Lady of Fatima predicted this communism!)
Back to Lourdes, France. The message I like to focus on 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 was meant to help 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 when this dogma was proclaimed. 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 that God even allowed the body of St. Bernadette to be left to us fully incorrupt as another sign that the message given by Our Lady is true and needed very much for today!
May we not forget to pray our daily Rosaries and offer much reparation for the sins of the world - for abortions and for all crimes committed everywhere inside and outside the Church.....especially against communism. Our Lady wants 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!!
8/7/2022 06:51:06 pm
I have a question. Why is February 18th the traditional feast day of St. Bernadette? Since that is my birthday I'm very happy about this, but curious about her feast day. Some calendars have it on February 11th. I heard once that the 18th was the day the Blessed Mother said Bernadette would go to heaven. Is that true? Just curious. Please reply if you can answer my question. Thank you!
8/8/2022 08:01:12 pm
Thank you for your comment....you are blessed to have your birthday on such a feast. I knew a Visitation nun who made her solemn vows on this date...Feb. 18th and when the modern Church modernized the calendar, they changed St. Bernadette's feast to April 16th which is her death date; the Visitation nun said she would always honor St. Bernadette on Feb. 18th. The traditional calendar and the new calendar make things very confusing...and I believe on purpose.
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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!