Lourdes Part IV: The Apparitions Continued

In my previous post, I gave descriptions of the first nine apparitions in Lourdes.

In that post, there was an issue with the photos and they weren’t visible at first! The issue was fixed later and the photos are now visible.

If you weren’t able to view the photos when you initially read the post, please click here to revisit it. (I recommend doing this because the photos illustrate the connections.)

In this post, I’ll present the last nine apparitions and the connections between the past and the present.

Image of the 16th Apparition, Musée Sainte-Bernadette, Lourdes

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Lourdes Part III: The Apparitions

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times in the Grotto of Massabielle.

The apparitions began on February 11th and ended on July 16th in the year 1858.

Image of the 1st Apparition, Musée Sainte-Bernadette, Lourdes

Before going to Lourdes, I had some knowledge of the apparitions.

However, I didn’t know all of details or the connections between the apparitions and what currently takes place at the Sanctuary.

I recently discovered information about the apparitions on the official Lourdes website.

In this post, I’d like to share information for the first nine apparitions.

I’ll also share connections between past and present events in Lourdes.

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Lourdes Part I: Our Prayer Intentions

I arrived in Lourdes, France on July 31st and left on August 6th.

(I learned that Lourdes is pronounced “Lourd” in French.)

It was a special experience that I’m grateful for. It still seems surreal that God permitted us to go!

Lourdes is a beautiful place, and I hope to return someday.

I’ve been reflecting on my time there, and I’m sure I’ll continue this process for a while…

Since so much occurred during the pilgrimage — and so much is continuing to unfold — I plan to write about it in pieces.

In this post, I’ll share how my friend and I presented our prayer intentions (both your intentions and mine).

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Lourdes: A Place of Healing and Grace

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor teenage girl named Bernadette Soubirous on February 11, 1858.

Between February 11th and July 16th, she appeared eighteen times in the Grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, France.

Several years ago, I was reading about the events in Lourdes and discovered these words from the Blessed Mother to Bernadette:

“I do not promise you happiness in this world, but in the next.”

When I read those words, they pierced my soul.

From that moment on, I’ve felt a strong connection to St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Even though I never seriously considered going to Lourdes, something changed recently.

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