Today the Church celebrates the Blessed Mother under her title of Our
Lady of Lourdes. As we observe this memorial, we remember a series of
eighteen apparitions of Mother Mary to Bernadette Soubiroux, a
fourteen-year-old girl in Lourdes, which is located in the department of
Hautes-Pyrénées, in southwestern France.
These apparitions in 1858 began on 11 February, and the last one occurred on 16 July. Bernadette described what she saw (in the grotto of Massabielle, a rock where she and friends had gone to gather firewood) as a young and beautiful lady, to use her words - "Lovelier than I have ever seen." She described this lady as dressed in white, with a blue ribbon sash and a Rosary hanging from her right arm.
For an overview of each of the apparitions, please visit:
Our Catholic Faith: Apparitions Of Our Lady Of Lourdes
For information on St. Bernadette and the message of Lourdes and its meaning, please visit:
Lourdes Center in Boston, Massachusetts, a Marist Ministry
Our Lady's shrine in Lourdes, France:
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes (Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes), Lourdes
Related media post:
National Catholic Register: Blogs: St. Bernadette of Lourdes and the "Great Noise Like the Sound of a Storm' (11 FEB 21)