In Lourdes, on Thursday February 11, 1858, it was very cold. In the cachot, the fire in the fireplace had gone out. The wood gathered the day before had been sold to buy a bit of bread. Bernadette, her sister Toinette and their friend Baloume went out in the wintry weather to gather firewood in a grotto at the edge of the river, where the local swineherd usually took his pigs. To reach this Massabielle grotto, they had to cross a little stream barefoot. The water was icy cold. Toinette and Baloume had already crossed. Bernadette, whose health was delicate, hesitated. As she began to remove her clogs, a gust of wind made her raise her head towards the grotto. In a gentle light, she saw a young lady dressed in white appear. Afraid, she reached for her rosary.
The child who saw
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 (...)
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 (...)