Recently, while watching a Netflix series on ecology, featuring different areas of the world, I viewed a segment on water, and water energy possibilities. At the end of the segment, they featured the healing power associated with Lourdes in Southern France.
If you have never heard of this, (and I had only heard, but didn’t know much about it), here’s the down-low. Lourdes is a small town at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range in France. It became famous after a 14 year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous had some pretty tripped-out visions there of Mary, the Mother of Christ.
Back in 1858, Bernadette went with two other children to a grotto, or small cave, looking for firewood and bones. She came from a very poor family and was helping out in any way possible to make ends meet. The other two went across a small river, while she stayed by herself and went looking around. Low and behold, she saw in front of her a vision of the most beautiful lady she had ever seen.
The woman was dressed in long white robes, a blue belt sash, and had yellow roses on each foot. She did not tell Bernadette her name, only that she was “Immaculate conception”. Having a rudimentary knowledge of Catholicism, Bernadette asked her priest who this could be. He, after hearing of the vision, deemed her to be Mary, the mother of Christ.
After the initial vision, Bernadette went on to experience this meeting with Mary an additional 17 times. Not only did she see her, she also had discourse with her. Mary instructed Bernadette to dig in the mud nearby. When she did this, water started coming out of the ground. That water is today a spring, that produces thousands of gallons of water a year.
As if this isn’t enough, it turns out that this water has healing properties. Lourdes has become a pilgrimage for thousands of Catholics, and most likely others, since that time. A lot of people go there for healing for any number of conditions, ranging from physical to emotional. Since 1858, there are 70 verified cases of miracle cures. A physician dedicated to record keeping on the matter has very detailed information. All of these cases have been declared miracles, in that there is before and after physical proof the condition has left the individual.
The most recent event took place in 2018 when a nun named Sister Moriau permanently ditched her wheelchair she had been in since 1980. She was permanently disabled from spinal complications that also left her dependent on morphine for pain. She states she suddenly felt, “a [surge of] well-being throughout my body, a relaxation, warmth…I returned to my room and there, a voice told me to ‘take off your braces,”.
I don’t know about you, but this pretty much leaves me speechless. Not being Catholic, I know very little about things like this, but felt compelled to do a little research. The possibility that miracles can happen is fantastic. I truly do believe that things like this are happening, we just don’t hear about them.
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