We must be as children in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Saint Bernadette witnessed to this truth marvelously. Born to a poor family in Lourdes, France, Bernadette was a sickly child lacking education and catechesis. Our Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette many times in a cave (grotto) outside of Lourdes, and simply called herself “The Lady.” Each day that Mary appeared to her, Bernadette immediately knelt on the ground to pray the Rosary. Our Lady confirmed to this uneducated, yet pious and holy girl, the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Upon Our Lady’s instruction, Bernadette was told to drink of the muddy water near the grotto, which was supernaturally transformed the next day into a spring of clean, fresh water. Millions of people have visited Lourdes on pilgrimage, and thousands of miraculous healings have occurred by those who have bathed in this spring of living water. The countless spiritual fruits born at Lourdes can all be traced back to the simple, childlike faith and obedience of Saint Bernadette.