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Details enclosed on how you can receive a bottle of water drawn from the miraculous spring at Lourdes, France. Missionary Association ofMary Immaculate On February 11,1858, Bernadette Soubirous was gathering wood by the side of the Gave River. Suddenly, on an outcropping of rock above her head, she saw an apparition of a beautiful woman. Dressed in awhite robe and clasping a rosary between her hands, Our Lady urged Bernadette to"Pray to God forsinners[" This was only the first of eighteen apparitions in 1858. Although there were many disbelievers at first, all doubts were overcome at the final apparition on July 16. Our Lady com- manded Bernadette to "Go drink of the springs and wash in it." When she began scraping the dry soil, water started to trickle and burst forth - and the miraculous spring continues to flow to this day. The Blessed Mother's words to Bernadette, "I am the Immac- ulate Conception" reaffirmed a basic tenet that just four years previous was proclaimed a dogma of faith. The Grotto itself, where Mary appeared as the Immaculate Conception, became an inspiration to her newly-founded order (in 1826) of Oblates. In practically every mission field of the Oblate World, you will find a Grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate serve the poorest of the poor in Our Lady name. Bonded by a vow of poverty, the Oblates specialize in "the most difficult of missions" in some of the most remote areas of the world. All donations to the Order are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted and will be used to further the good works of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate around the world.