When I think of the apparitions of the Blessed Mother of Jesus (otherwise known as Our Lady,) Lourdes comes to mind. What on earth is Lourdes? Lourdes is a small town in France where Our Lady appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous as she was out gathering firewood in 1858. She was a sickly shepherd girl.
She was what was considered “slow.” This is one of the reasons why the apparitions were considered so fantastic. This special child was told by the Virgin Mary that she, said Virgin, was “the Immaculate Conception.” This concept, that the Blessed Virgin was conceived without sin so that she could be Jesus’ mother, had just been decided upon by the Church, but had not yet been preached to the people. How would Bernadette know, except for Our Lady enlightening her?
In her many trips to the grotto where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette, the Virgin told her to dig a well. Bernadette did so, and since then many, many miraculous cures have come from the waters of this spring. Even to this day, some cures are inexplicable. Well, to the faithful, they will never be that. They will be miraculous.
If you would like more information on Our Lady of Lourdes, please read “The Song of Bernadette” or, if short on time, watch the movie of the same title.