Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes

History

On February 11, 1858, a wonderful thing happened. A beautiful Lady appeared to a peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France. The beautiful lady appeared to Bernadette several more times, telling her to dig in the dirt. A miraculous spring came up out of the ground. On March 25, the Lady identified herself with the words, "I am the Immaculate Conception." This confirmed the dogma that Pope Pius IX had proclaimed more than three years earlier. Since Our Lady appeared to Bernadette, many people have visited Lourdes and many suffering people have bathed in the waters of the spring to be healed. 

Activity

The story of Our Lady's appearance is so inspiring! Tonight after dinner, watch "The Song of Bernadette" with your family. It's available at many libraries or for a small fee on Amazon Prime.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!


More reading for parents:

Catholic Encyclopedia
American Catholic
Catholic Tradition