Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. On Feb 11th, 1858, Our Lady first appeared to 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous. She would appear to Bernadette 18 times.
“On the paths of our lives, so often shrouded in darkness, [Mary] is a beacon of hope who enlightens us and gives direction to our journey. And she invites us to live like her in invincible hope, refusing to believe those who claim that we are trapped in the fatal power of destiny. Happy are those men and women who place their trust in him who, at the very moment when he was offering his life for our salvation, gave us his Mother to be our own!”– Pope Benedict XVI, Emeritus, at Lourdes Sept 2008