Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Advent! Merry Christmas!
Continuing the story ...
Mary appeared to Bernadette 18 times.
On the 3rd apparition, Bernadette was accompanied by two women of the village. When Bernadette saw the "beautiful lady", she began to say the Rosary as did the two women. it was at this apparition that Mary asked Bernadette to come to the Grotto for 15 days. Mary told Bernadette at this time she should come and not expect any favor of this world. Mary said, "I did not come to make you happy here on earth, but in Heaven."
While they were praying, one of the women who was with her withdrew a bit. She carried an internal weight and felt unworthy to be there. When she asked if she should remain, Bernadette told her that the "beautiful lady" smiled at her and that there was no reason why she should not come.
The ladies wanted to know who this apparition was so they brought with them an inkwell and pen. When Bernadette presented this to the Lady, she simply said, "It is not necessary."
This beautiful story continues, but isn't it a bit like ours? How many times do we approach Jesus and his Mother and think we are not worthy? Just imagine in your heart, Mary smiling at you and saying there is no reason why you should not come.
As we approach Jesus' birth at Christmas, we should be there with him and the other adorers in the manger.