Here are 5 reasons why the Catholic shrine at Lourdes is considered miraculous:
- The apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous. In 1858, a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous reported seeing a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary at a grotto in Lourdes. These apparitions were witnessed by many people, and they led to the establishment of the shrine at Lourdes.
- The healings that have been attributed to the Lourdes water. Since the apparitions, there have been thousands of reports of miraculous healings at Lourdes. These healings have been investigated by the Lourdes Medical Bureau, and 70 of them have been officially recognized by the Catholic Church as miracles.
- The Lourdes water itself. The water that flows from the grotto at Lourdes is said to have healing properties. Many people come to Lourdes to drink the water or bathe in it, hoping for a cure for their illnesses.
- The atmosphere of Lourdes. The atmosphere at Lourdes is one of peace, hope, and faith. Many people who come to Lourdes find that their spirits are lifted and their faith is strengthened.
- The stories of the pilgrims. The stories of the pilgrims who have come to Lourdes are often inspiring and moving. These stories testify to the power of faith and the healing power of Lourdes.
It is worth noting that not everyone believes that the healings at Lourdes are miraculous. Some people believe that these healings can be explained by natural causes. However, the millions of people who have come to Lourdes over the years continue to believe that the shrine is a place of healing and hope.
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