On this Thursday, February 11, 1858, it was very cold in Lourdes. In the fireplace of the Cachot, the former prison, the fire had gone out. Bernadette, Toinette and their friend Baloume went to gather firewood in a grotto that was used as a pigsty. The place was called Massabielle, and to reach it, they had to cross a little stream barefoot. The water was icy cold. Bernadette hesitated. When she began to remove her shoes, a gust of wind made her raise her eyes to the grotto. In a gentle light, she saw a young lady dressed all in white appear. Frightened, she seized her rosary.
Bernadette Soubirous was born at Boly Mill in Lourdes on January 7, 1844. After a happy childhood, she was struck by hardship, illness and poverty. But it was nonetheless this poor girl to whom, in 1858, Our Lady delivered her message during her (...)