There’s the Mary I grew up with — the statue-esque Mary who is lily-white enameled, calm and serene, but also otherworldly, untouchable and frozen in her statue-esque form. I liked this Mary but I really couldn’t connect with her.
It is not the easiest thing in the world to tell people (let alone yourself!) that you've had an apparition! Any kind of appearance that is totally unexpected and indeed quite improbable can make us wonder if our own senses deceive us. Yet on this day we remember a young woman who had a remarkable experience when she encountered a bit of heaven while out gathering wood with her sisters just outside of Lourdes, France.