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On February 11, we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes Apparition. One hundred and sixty-one years ago, Our Lady appeared to 13-year-old Bernadette on her way to collect fire wood by the river with her two friends. Bernadette was surprised by a strong sound that came from the grotto. Suddenly she saw Our Lady, who asked her to pray the rosary. After she had finished praying the rosary, Our Lady disappeared. Bernadettes friends and mother didnt believe her. She went back the following Sunday, and Our Lady asked her to tell the priest to build a chapel. The priest didnt believe Bernadette. Our Lady also asked Bernadette to come and pray for fifteen days. During those fifteen days, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette, and at the last apparition, Our Lady asked her to pray and make sacrifice for sinners. Bernadette faced many obstacles, but she was strengthened by what she had experienced with Our Ladys visits. She finally accomplished Our Ladys wishes. Nowadays, there are about 3 million people yearly who visit the Sanctuary from all over the world. The spring water that started flowing on the ninth apparition still provides 27,000 gallons of water every day. The Holy Rosary has a special place in our Order. Our Lady of Lourdes is a good reminder to make sacrifices and pray for sinners. May Our Heavenly Mother continue blessing us and blessing our families. May she continue to strengthen us with her power and help us to reach our everlasting home. Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us

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