Bernadette was also impressed by the fact that the lady did not use the informal form of address _(tu)_, but the polite form _(vous)_. The humble virgin appeared to a humble girl and treated her with dignity.
THIRD APPARITION (Annunciation) Thursday, Feb 18).
Our Lady, who heretofore has appeared on an upper niche in the Grotto, now moves closer to Bernadette.
Bernadette asks Her name and the Lady replies, “Will you do me the kindness of coming here for a fortnight?” Bernadette agrees and the Lady replies: “I do not promise to make you happy in this world but
only in the other” and then disappears.
A heavenly being comes down to earth to a virgin girl of 14 and asks her if she would say YES… Fiat… to God’s plan for her and her people? She
says, “Yes.” The heavenly being adds that this YES will not be easy… will bring much trial and tribulation, but, nevertheless, the little virgin Bernadette will triumph in the end by going to heaven. Does this not parallel in some small way what Our Lady experienced so long ago with the visit of St. Gabriel the Archangel?Notice the number of visits requested by the Lady, including this initial visit. It is the same as the 15 mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
What is more, what happens in each of these 15 days runs parallel in some way to what occurred in its corresponding mystery of the Rosary.
Let us always say YES to the graces of God given through His
Holy Mother!It is the same as the 15 mysteries of the Holy Rosary. What is more, what happens in each of these 15 days runs parallel in some way to what occurred in its corresponding mystery of the Rosary. Let us always say YES to the graces of God given through His Holy Mother!
FOURTH APPARITION (Visitation) Friday, Feb 19.
Accompanied to the Grotto by her mother and godmother (and namesake, Aunt Bernarde), Bernadette, holding a lighted candle for the first time,
is again transformed as she falls into a rapture. All noticed the beauty that shone upon the little virgin’s face: her countenance changed, her smile became mysteriously lovely, people wept at the sight.
Like St.Elizabeth before her, she is filled with the Holy Ghost at the greeting of the Mother of God. In this visitation to the Grotto, the first of which her own mother and godmother are present, Bernadette’s whole being proclaims the greatness of the Lord! At the same time a mob of devils, working from the River Gave, try to interfere with things: commanding Bernadette … “Get out of there! Get out of there!” A mere glance, however, from the Immaculate Conception positioned in the niche above renders the demons silent.
Surely, this is an echo of how the devil lost his grip upon the forerunner of the Lord, St. John the Baptist, when he was cleansed of Original Sin in the womb at the Visitation of Our Lady. The devil is powerless against
Our Sovereign Queen. As the twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse says of him… he tries to use water to drown out the Virgin Queen, and the Child born of Her, but fails. With Jesus in Her womb, the Virgin Mother of God becomes a mother to men of this world with the Visitation… St. John the Baptist, the forerunner, is born through Her into the life of grace!
The devil is furious! In this mystery and visit to the Grotto, we find a striking portrayal of baptism with its exorcisms. Let us renew our baptismal vows frequently.