Today marks the first apparition of Our Lady in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto of Lourdes.

‘Accompanied by her sister and a friend, Bernadette went to Massabielle on the banks of the Gave to collect bones and dead wood. Removing her socks in order to cross the stream, she heard a noise like a gust of wind, she looked up towards the Grotto: “I saw a lady dressed in white, she wore a white dress, and equally white veils, a blue belt and a yellow rose on each foot.” Bernadette made the Sign of the Cross and said the Rosary with the Lady. When the prayer ended the Lady suddenly vanished’.

In these times of extreme suffering throughout the world let us have recourse to Our Lady, who is ever present to assist in every need. May God bless you and may you know the comfort of Our Lady’s presence throughout your day.