A Christian Place of Pilgrimage Essay
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…
'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