The feast day of St Mary. Bernard Soubirous, better known as St Bernadette of Lourdes, usually falls on 18th February, according to the old calendar, one week after the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. As both these dates fell on Sunday this year they are transferred to the following day. So today is the feast of the little saint of Lourdes to whom Our Blessed Lady appeared 15 times in 1858, revealing to the young girl that She, the Mother of God, was indeed The Immaculate Conception. (Four years earlier Bl. Pope Pius IX had solemnly proclaimed, ex cathedra, this beautiful dogma of Faith to the whole Catholic Church.)
The very moving video below from Sensus Fidelium was made for this day, the third apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes.
On 18 February, she spoke of being told by the Lady to return to the Grotto over a period of two weeks. She quoted the apparition: “The Lady only spoke to me the third time. … She told me also that she did not promise to make me happy in this world, but in the next.”
In the video Father looks into the life of humility, obedience and great suffering of St Bernadette.