February 11, 2010.
In 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubrious in Lourdes a total of 28 times. Lourdes is a small village in the mountainous Pyrenees region in France.
The apparitions took place here, in the cave of “Massabiel”. It’s a place
visited each year by 6 million pilgrims from all over the world who
come to pray in front of the Virgin, and discover the image of the small
"In my opinion , the most important things aren’t the apparitions, but
that Bernadette didn’t arrive immediately to the conclusion “I saw the
Mother of God”. It was a slow recognition."
Bernadette was 14 at the time, but it had to be verified that she really
had seen the Virgin Mary. So the Church investigated her claims and
after 4 years, officially recognized the authenticity of her visions in
"After the apparitions, Bernadette went to a convent in Nevers, in
northern France. In those days it was a long journey, she never went
back to the grout."
Bernadette joined the Sisters of Charity, and lived in the convent of
Nevers until her death in 1879. Those last 13 years was a time of great
pain for her because of ill health.
"Even if she had a week health and that she had seen the Virgin, she
never looked for commodities, because the Virgin told her “I can’t
promise you joy in this world, but yes in the other”.
Bernadette Soubrious wasn’t cured by a miracle in Lourdes. She marked
the beginning of many physical and spiritual miracles to take place