At Lourdes Mary
Prays The Rosary
And Leaves Behind Gifts
Of Peace And Healing
"Jesus went about...healing all manner of sickness
and every infirmity, among the people."
Mary's visit to Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous was miraculous and she left behind many great gifts. To this day, healing waters still flow from the place where she appeared. This event is an amazing part of Rosary history.
At Lourdes Mary emphasized the importance of her Rosary. During this visit Mary prayed the Rosary many times with Bernadette. The Rosary is not only the best method of honoring Mary,
but it is also very pleasing to God.
Mary did not pray the Rosary to honor herself.
Of course not, she prayed the Rosary for the same reason you pray the Rosary - to meditate on the life of Jesus, God the Son.
Mary appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes, France in the late 1850s.
Bernadette Soubirous was a poor, sickly girl. One day as she was collecting firewood a beautiful woman appeared to her in a grotto near the city dump.
The woman was dressed in a white gown with a blue sash. She was holding a rosary made of luminous white pearls and a golden cross. On each of her feet was a golden rose.
Bernadette was not sure who the lady was but together they began to pray the Rosary. They met a total of 18 times and each time they prayed the Rosary.
During the ninth visit, the beautiful lady told Bernadette to dig in the mud where she was standing. Bernadette did as she was told and a miraculous spring of water began to flow. The waters from the spring cured a crippled boy and a blind man.
To this day, people from all over the world come to Lourdes where the spring still flows seeking cures. Thousands have received these cures.
Bernadette still didn't know that the lady was the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the feast of the Annunciation, which is a much celebrated Catholic feast day that commemorates the first Joyful Mystery, Bernadette asked Mary who she was. Mary replied...
"I am the Immaculate Conception."
This strange answer showed that she was in fact the mother of Jesus. This answer was significant because it confirmed Pope Pius IX's recent pronouncement that Mary was free from original sin from the first moment of her conception within her mother's womb.
Mary's final appearance at Lourdes was on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, another popular holy day.
Mary's purpose for these visits was to tell the world through St. Bernadette Soubirous of the great power of the Rosary. At Lourdes, Mary asked her children to pray the Rosary and to pray especially for sinners.
"Even just a visit to Lourdes
will bring you much peace and serenity"
The story of St. Bernadette Soubirouis is the favorite among many. It is especially good for children to have a devotion to St. Bernadette, for she learned to accept great suffering and did all things for the greater glory of God from childhood throughout her short life.
There are numerous books written on the life of St. Bernadette Soubirous. There is even an excellent Hollywood rendition of the story that is very moving and inspirational, The Song of Bernadette.
The Rosary is a gift God has given through Mary to you.
Use this gift to deepen your love for Him and bring peace and serenity to your life and to the lives of those you love.
Find out what is a rosary and how to use one here...
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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood. The most joyful event in all of human history is the Incarnation or when God became man and dwelt among us read more...
Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
What a gift the the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are. Meditating on these
Mysteries of Light bring even deeper understanding of the public life of Jesus.
They fill in the blanks between Jesus' childhood and His suffering and death on
the cross. Therefore read more...
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus
loves you. He suffered and died for you. "Greater love than this no
man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
-John 15:13. You are loved by Jesus read more...
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How
exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead,
making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious
events as you pray the Rosary prayer will keep your faith alive and strong read more...
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