ANSWER: A Healing Spring!
The miraculous spring still exists in Lourdes,
France. Thousands of miraculous cures have occurred there. But the first
Church-approved miracle there was Catherine Latapie, whose paralyzed arm
was healed on March 1, 1858. The Blessed Mother appeared to young St.
A few things Mary told St. Bernadette:
Mary wanted a chapel built on location.
Bernadette needed to pray and do penance for the
conversion of sinners
Mary introduced herself as the “Immaculate
Conception” (which meant Mary herself was conceived in the womb of
Anne without sin). The young and no-so-bright Bernadette had never
heard this term. The term had just recently been introduced at
theological Church meetings, which had been called to define the
sinless status of Mary. Bernadette repeated the strange phrase the
whole way home so she would not forget it.
could not promise Bernadette happiness in this life; only the next
Bernadette was seen going into ecstasy during an
apparition. Her face was transfigured. The flame of a candle was seen
touching her skin, but had no affect during this time.
Bernadette’s Incorruptible Body
and St. Bernadette
of St. Bernadette Subirous
Bernadette the Visionary