Prayer Theme- Our Lady of Lourdes
One who loves does not notice the trials, but is able to love them. (Saint Bernadette)
The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. On the evening of February 11, 1858, a young Roman Catholic girl, Bernadette, went to fetch some firewood with her sister and another companion. While they were at the Massabielle Grotto, on the outskirts of Lourdes, a small town in the south of France, a Lady who was indescribably beautiful appeared to her. Although the Lady did not tell Bernadette her name when asked at first, she told her to return to the grotto.
On subsequent visits, the Lady revealed herself to be the "Immaculate Conception". This was a reference to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which had been defined only four years earlier in 1854 by Pope Pius IX, stating that the Virgin Mary herself had been conceived without sin.