Today we celebrate Our Lady’s appearance to a young peasant girl, Bernadette, in 1858 in Lourdes, France. Through a set of private revelations, Mary revealed herself as “the Immaculate Conception.” What does this title mean, and what should we know about Our Lady of Lourdes? Ellyn von Huben explains.
1. THE STORY OF ST. BERNADETTE IS NOT JUST FOR GIRLS
Bernadette is a perennial favorite when young ladies chose their confirmation names. And girls certainly do love watching the film version of “The Song of Bernadette”. (Winner of the very first Golden Globe award for best motion picture, by the way!) I wouldn’t say that watching this movie was the thing that led to my conversionâ€¦but it sure didn’t hurt!
Our Lady did not appear at Lourdes just to touch the hearts of tween girls throughout the ages. There is, indeed, much that speaks to the heart of the young girl. But anyone, of any age or gender can find in the story of St. Bernadette a story that will resonate truth within their hearts.
The appearance of Our Lady at Lourdes was not just for Bernadette â€“ it could be heard by all; a sign for all pointing to Our Lady’s son, Jesus Christ.