SIMPLY lourdes

The Catchot (pronounced as ‘ka-shaw’), or a dungeon or an old prison. After the difficult times at Massabielle, France, the father of Bernadette, Francois, lost his job and he can’t pay the rent for his former house and all he could afford is this dreaded place called the catchot.

There’s nothing much to it. And what made it worst also is that Francois was wrongly accused of stealing flour and some wood for their hearth. That is why Bernadette and her sister and cousin have to fetch for firewood near the grotto, far from the center so as to be sure that the experienced of their father will not be repeated. And exactly in this daily experiences of the Soubirous that the “beautiful lady at the grotto” appeared to Bernadette 11 February 1858.

The Grotto or the cave is the central place of all the pilgrims for it is here where the beautiful lady dressed in white with a blue sash in her waist and two golden petals on her each of her foot appeared to Bernadette 18 times and told her of a very simple yet familiar message, “Penance. Penance. Penance. Pray for the conversion of sinners.”

But the most thrilling part of the series of apparitions is when she manifested her name – “Que soy era Immaculada Concepciou” – I am the Immaculate Conception. This converted the cure of Lourdes, Father Peyramale.

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