Lourdes, doorway to the Pyrenees mountains, has gone from a little country village to the second most visited town in France after Paris.
The story begins with a young girl, Bernadette, who was born in 1844. In spite of a very difficult life, she received a special grace. After her father, a miller, was ruined, Bernadette lived in a former prison room with her parents, her sister and her three brothers. One day she said, “It is because I was the poorest and the most ignorant that the Holy Virgin chose me.” It was on February 11, 1858, and for several times after that, that the Virgin appeared to her and revealed messages to her. The mystery of Lourdes then began. The young girl, on the Virgin’s indications, found a spring from which the water allowed healings. She entered into religious life in Nevers.
Today the grotto where there were the apparitions is a place of prayer for all the pilgrims who flock here, many on pilgrimages for the sick. Each person can take some water from Lourdes for himself or for a friend. The sanctuary offers as well the possibility to walk in the Footsteps of Bernadette and, through many ways, to deepen one’s relationship with the Virgin Mary. The welcoming of the sick is particularly well organized and physical healings continue to happen. The museum of the miraculously healed and the examining office, in the confines of the sanctuary, are there to attest to the authenticity.
Our DMC in France will organize your Catholic pilgrimage to the shrine of Lourdes.