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Statue of Virgin Mary in Lourdes
Statue of Virgin Mary (credit to Denis Jarvis)

Do Miracles Really Happen in Lourdes?

by Youliana Veltcheva
January 6, 2020

The small town of Lourdes, located in the Pyrenees mountains in southwestern France, has become known for the miraculous power of its water spring by the grotto of Massabielle and the sightings of Virgin Mary, known as Marian apparitions. More than 200 million people have visited the shrine since 1858 when the apparitions took place. Among the visitors of Lourdes are Pope John Paul II, who has visited the shrine twice and Pope Benedict XVI, who has also recognized the 150th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

What brought its popularity is the miraculous story of a 14-year-old girl, Bernadette Soubirous, who had 18 sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When Bernadette confessed that she has seen a lady who revealed herself to her as “the Immaculate Conception”, a dogma of the Catholic church she was not familiar with, her story gained credibility. Bernadette was shown a place where she can dig to find holy water.

Bernadette Soubirous
Bernadette Soubirous (credit to Denis Jarvis)

Bernadette Soubirous had 18 sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The spring that Bernadette found is believed to have water with healing powers to this day. After the first miraculous healing that happened shortly after the discovery of the spring, more and more people started visiting Lourdes with the hope of being cured.

Whether you believe or not, there is actual evidence that is available for anyone who is curious and in doubt. A diligent work that takes several months to validate every submitted case of a miraculous cure, has been documented and verified by 20 physicians and scientists at the Lourdes Medical Bureau. Sometimes the final diagnosis has been postponed for several years for further observation and reassessment.

Over 7000 reports of people being cured have been brought to the attention of the church. To prove the authenticity of these reports, the catholic church set up the Lourdes Medical Bureau with the goal to only recognize and report healed illnesses with an instantaneous, complete and sudden healing with no relapse, which previously were believed to be incurable. Up until now, the Catholic church has officially recognized 70 cases of miraculous healings.

Marian Apparitions in Lourdes
Marian apparitions (credit to Denis Jarvis)

Because of the stringent restrictions set by the Medical Bureau, a huge amount of cases that were not verified could actually be true, such as cases of cancer patients who have claimed to have been healed but had previously undertaken some form of healing treatment.

The most recent miraculous healing has been officially reported in 2018. The miracle happened in 2008 when a french nun - Bernadette Moriau. went on pilgrimage to the shrine. She had been bound to a wheelchair and disabled as a result of spinal complications since 1980. After attending the blessing for the sick at the shrine, she felt that something began to change. A surge of warmth and positive energy went through her body and a voice prompting her to take off her braces. She tried to stand up and was able to instantaneously walk. Since this day, she has never used the wheelchair or her pain medication. Her case was brought to the attention of the International Medical Committee of Lourdes, who after thorough research, has officially proclaimed it miraculous.

Yet, some people went in hope to find a cure and did not receive it, but have been given a vision or an explanation they were needing. The questions remain: Are Lourdes cures a matter of divine intervention? One thing is certain - prayer is the essential condition for a miracle to occur.

There are some places on our planet that are simply miraculous and amazing and Lourdes has definitely won its reputation deservingly. Whether you are sick or simply need a boost of faith, plan a day trip from Paris to visit and see for yourself where this spiritual journey takes you.

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