Monday, February 11, 2008


This Day in the History of Holy Visions

On this day in 1858, Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant girl, first saw and spoke with the Virgin Mary in a natural grotto at Lourdes in southern France. Marie-Bernarde spoke with the Mother of Jesus for 17 more times during that year. Although not well treated thereafter by the religious authorities, or the public, she was allowed finally to enter holy orders where she died young at 35. Later she was cannonized as Saint Bernadette. So she's got that going for her.

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