why do people go on pilgrimages to lourdes
site of Lourdes is near the Pyrenees mountains in France. Every year, it is visited by millions of, particularly. They come to Lourdes to see the site of a famous vision experienced by a young girl called
waters. Bernadette Soubirous was born in 1844 to a poor miller. One day, while collecting firewood, Bernadette is said to have seen Mary, the mother of Jesus, dressed in white with a blue sash and a yellow rose on each foot. Bernadette is said to have witnessed the same vision many times. During one vision, the figure of Mary asked Bernadette to drink at the spring beneath her feet.
Even though this area was muddy, the next day, the ground flowed with clear water. Bernadette was then told to have a chapel built in the exact spot where the vision had taken place. where the vision is said to have taken place. takes place in the grotto. Pilgrims also confess their. to the pilgrim. and to be cured of their illnesses. It is believed that spring water from the grotto can heal people if they are sick. Millions of visitors come to Lourdes each year in the hope of being cured.
By 2015, 69 cases had been recognised as miracles by the Roman Catholic Church. The opportunity to focus closely on their faith helps pilgrims feel secure in the knowledge that God will look after them, forgive them for their sins and even cure them of their illnesses. I will start off by saying that I'm Catholic and always wanted to visit Lourdes with my mom. Now that she is older and her health isn't good, I went to Lourdes without her - but she was in my heart during my visit.
The sanctuary itself is beautiful and the grotto is very moving - especially when you know the history of what happened there in 1858. What is even more moving, though, are the people who make the pilgrimage to Lourdes. Prior to leaving for my trip, I had read reviews in tour books about Lourdes where the writer really disparaged the story of the grotto and the pilgrims and how commercialized Lourdes is. But the people who make the trip to Lourdes are who make the town so special. This was what the Blessed Mother wanted, after all, was to build a place so that people should come in processions!
It truly was very touching to know that there are so many people who still revere the story of Bernadette and The Lady. My only complaint is that I wish there had been guided tours of the sanctuary to talk about the significance of each area, who the artists were, when each area was built, etc. Overall, though, I loved visting Lourdes and if you are even slightly inclined to go, you should follow your heart. I did and it was well worth the trip.
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