A Christian Place of Pilgrimage Essay

945 Words 4 Pages
A Christian Place of Pilgrimage

One Christian place of pilgrimage is located in Lourdes in the south of France. This is thought to be the site of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The history of Lourdes is as follows. In 1858 there was a girl called Bernadette Soubirous, 14, whose father was an ex-miller and whose family was poor. One day she was with her sister and her friend collecting firewood. When she was by the river bank at a place called Massabieille she heard a gust of wind and saw a lady standing in a niche above the cave entrance, dressed in white with a blue sash and a rosary around her arm. She knelt to the lady but when she told people of her visions they told her it
…show more content…
The lady appeared to Bernadette 18 times in total, the last being the 16th July. During these visits the lady would ask her to pray for sinners and to do penance. Her visions attracted many visitors to the area and she was questioned by the police. The priest believed her and the Bishop set up a commission to investigate and after two years they reported that they believed she was telling the truth. The following quote is taken from the official enquiry document.

'We judge that Mary Immaculate, Mother of God, really appeared to Bernadette on 11 February

1858, and on following days to the number of eighteen days in all in the Grotto of Massabieille,

near the town of Lourdes, that this apparition is endowed with all the characters of truth

and that the faithful are justified in believing in it with certainty.'

Bernadette became a nun when she was older and join the Sisters of Charity of Nevers to escape from all the attention she received. In 1864 a marble statue was set up with the description given by Bernadette and it still stands there today.

Lourdes is this special site of pilgrimage because of this story and the belief that the sick and the handicapped that come to this shrine can be healed. When pilgrims first come to Lourdes the first place they go to is the Grotto where

Related Documents

System Software | Mercedes-Benz E200 W124 | 家族之苦3 蔷薇之妻 What a Wonderful Family III My Wife My Life 2018 1...