Saturday, February 11, 2012

"I am the Immaculate Conception"

These words, uttered in her day by an illiterate peasant girl from the south of France, caused a lot of commotion among the faithful merely four years after the solemn proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. It seemed to be the heavenly confirmation of the article of faith solemnly defined in Rome in 1854, something of which Bernadette Soubirous knew absolutely nothing about. 
The apparitions of Mary at Lourdes would also seem to inaugurate, in more recent times, the frequent  pattern observed with respect to Marian apparitions of the Twentieth century: that the visionaries are either  women or children or both. 

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