One of the most famous Marian apparitions is was witnessed by Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 in Lourdes, France. This 14-year-old and chronically ill girl saw the Blessed Virgin Mary standing in a small grotto.
Initially, few believed her account but her steadfast telling of the apparition won some over. Bernadette would see Our Lady of Lourdes eighteen times. Huge crowds gathered for some of the later apparitions as the story of Bernadette spread.
Bernadette was instructed by the beautiful lady to drink from a newly-discovered spring in the grotto; later, many miraculous healings occurred and were attributed to the water at Lourdes.
Today, Lourdes is a magnificent Marian shrine where millions visit each year.
February 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the patron of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raytown, Missouri.