Lourdes Grotto, October 1858
Our Lady appeared near a dump, in a natural niche formed in the rock just above the river, referred to by locals as the "pigs' shelter" as Magnificat noted for today's Mass.
The Immaculate Conception appeared in a filthy dump, where the poor scavenged for firewood and any usable scrap. The Queen of Heaven revealed herself in the filthiest, poorest, most undesirable section of the little town - to ask for prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners.
Pray for us now
and at the hour of our death.