16 Apr 2013

April 16th - St Bernadette Soubirous - the Seer of Lourdes

Today is the feast day of the Seer of Lourdes, St Bernadette Soubirous. She is best known for her Marian apparitions of "a small young lady" who asked for a chapel to be built at a cave-grotto in Massabielle where the apparitions occurred between 11 February and 16 July 1858. She would later receive recognition when the lady who appeared to her identified herself as the Immaculate Conception.

You can read more about Bernadette here. You can read more about Lourdes HERE and click on the webcam at the Grotto HERE and place your petition HERE.

Limerick has a long tradition of pilgrimage to Lourdes each year in June and already it is one of the dates pencilled in for our new bishop. So today is a good day to reflect on the message of Lourdes and the devotion of people to the Madonna of Lourdes.

Fr James Martin SJ has a short video based around his book "My Lives with the Saints" which gives a lovely reflection for the day.

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