In this 6th Grade lesson, we study some of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in recent history. The Catholic Faith is not a dead religion. It is also not a religion founded on false beliefs that scientists disprove. Rather, the miracles of the Blessed Virgin in recent history are beyond the explanation of science and continue to affirm the truths of the Catholic Faith.
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What is a miracle? A simple explanation of a miracle is, first, a wonderful thing: Wonderful because it is full of wonder, and wonderful because everyone who knows about the miracle wonders how it could happen. Second, a miracle cannot be explained by scientists and doctors. Miracles go against the laws of nature. Here’s an example: It is natural for a dead person to remain dead, but Jesus raised Lazarus from being dead after Lazarus had been dead for three days! Third, a miracle can be explained by only the power of God doing anything He wants to do, even things that are against the rules of nature.
Miracles are not just God having a little fun. No! God does miracles to confirm that He is real and to make our faith in Him stronger.
Our Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearances to Bernadette Sobirous in a cave in the countryside of France was a miracle of God. When she was just 14, she was out collecting firewood for her family near the town of Lourdes, France. The family was so poor that everyone needed to collect wood to stay warm and to cook with.
As Bernadette was picking up dry sticks near the entrance of a nearby cave, called a grotto, she heard the sound of rushing wind in the trees around her. Suddenly, she saw a Lady, dressed all in white with a blue belt around her middle, standing in the entrance of the grotto. The Lady seemed to be surrounded by bright light. She had yellow roses on each of her feet, and she was holding a large Rosary with snow-white beads on a yellow chain. Suddenly, the wind became completely still. Bernadette was not frightened but was filled with a great feeling of peace like she felt only when she was deep in prayer at Mass.
This statue of Mary today stands above the entrance of the grotto where Bernadette saw her. The words on the base of the statue are the words Mary said to Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
As the Lady faded, Bernadette rushed home to tell her parents what she had seen! Her mother didn’t know what to think, but she told Bernadette that she was to never return to that grotto. How this hurt Bernadette’s heart, because she dearly wanted to see if the Lady would return.
Being an obedient girl, Bernadette struggled with what she should do. On the one hand, her mother told her she could never go back, and on the other hand, Bernadette wanted to see the Lady again so much. At Mass the following Sunday, she asked for God’s help in what she should do. As a result... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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