Miraculous Spring - La Source, Lourdes
On February 25, 1858 Bernadette Massabielle has one of the many apparitions attributed to her. Our Lady of Lourdes instructed her to go to the spring and drink from it and wash in it.
Some have claimed that they have been healed by drinking water from the spring.
Studies have found that the water has no special properties at all, its just normal spring water.
It is not considered holy water, which needs to be blessed by a priest. Even St Bernadette herself said that the Lourdes water had no healing properties, that the healing would come as a result of faith.
Still, you go to the taps and the water is freely dispensed. Pilgrims will fill containers with it and some have been known to try to take it home. (this is forbidden, at least at airports due to the regulations for liquids on planes)
If you are at the water tap you must bring your own container, there is no place inside the sanctuary where you can buy a container.
This is what I always want to explain to friends, relatives or even acquaintances:
POWER OF PRAY: ONE MUST HAVE FAITH AND PRAY. THE WATER WILL HAVE NO VIRTUE WITHOUT FAITH.
The bath "and customarily called "PISINA" meaning pool in simple description, is the water which flows coming from the spring in the Groto of Massabiella in the holy sanctuary o Our lady of Lourdes. When our Lady of Lourdes appeared Feb. 25, 1858, Our Blessed Lady of Lourdes, told Bernadette to dig a whole and this is where the spring water started. Hundreds of thousands of people, not necessary only catholics, but all kinds of religion goes to Lourdes and take a deep.
My husband and I come to Lourdes at least three times a year, driving from Barcelona, of-course. Lately, we have been doing volunteer work for the sick, taking them to the most looked forward to is the 9pm procession.
Going back to the "PISINA" of-course women and men have their own PISINA/ or POOL. It starts from 7 AM till 11:30 NOON, then there is a rest for the volunteers and opens again at 1:30pm till about 4pm. Try to come in easy clothing as volunteers will guide you gently undressing you and covering your body with a white towel..without anyone able to see you naked. While waiting for your turn to deep in the pool (to give you a better idea, the size is a bit larger than a normal bathtub, and twice as deep, in such a way that you are able to stand up in the pool.
So, while waiting for your turn, everyone prays the rosary, sings the beautiful AVE MARIA, which touches my heart deeply. When your turn comes, after the volunteers help you step in the pool (about 3/4 small steps down the pool, the towel is removed from you gently and right in front of you is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mama, and volunteers will help you pray, and you may kiss the imagine. Volunteers will also advise you not to drink the water, as your not alone who uses the water.
As for the handicaps, or anyone that needs a wheelchair, or helping hand, then there is another special pool for them, with much help.
People come to pray, like everybody does, and we have our special petitions to the Blessed Mother Mama to help us. No one will ever charge you even one Euro for deeping in the pool, my wife and I find it very sacred and it feels as it's a privilege deeming in the pool. As for our experience, you are given a small white towel to cover your body and when your done in the pool, my wife nor I really needed the towel to dry our selves but honestly, the water seems to dry by its self. It must have a lot to do with our faith. With prayers and your strong faith all will go well.
Please add us in your prayers when you come to Lourdes, our dream is that we hope to find a small hotel and serve the pilgrims. God Bless You and your family.
At the back of the Grotto, on the left of the altar, is the Miraculous Spring (La Source) that reportedly spouted on February 25, 1858, during the ninth apparition, when Bernadette scraped the earth. The Virgin is said to have commanded her, "Go and drink at the spring and wash there." The water from this spring is collected in several reservoirs, from which you can drink.