Elizabeth Ficocelli, Fr. Edmund Sylvia
On February 11, 1858 a young French peasant girl received the first of eighteen apparitions of a beautiful Lady dressed in a white gown with a blue sash. The young girl's name was Bernadette Soubirous.
And the beautiful Lady identified herself as the Immaculate Conception. One hundred fifty years later, the grotto in Lourdes, France, continues to draw millions of pilgrims every year.
Some of them experience the answer to their prayer in the way they seek it; all of them, however, find the waters to be a spring of hope which enable them to embrace their trial with courage and strength, peace and joy.