Happy feast of Our Lady of Pontmain! One of my FAVORITE apparitions of Mary. Here’s a photo of me from last year holding my statue of her.
You probably have never heard of this apparition. It certainly is not as popular or well known as Guadalupe, Lourdes, or Fatima. But the story of Mary’s intercession and Motherly care for her children in Pontmain is definitely one worth sharing. I wrote the following account of the apparitions. Enjoy!
It’s 1871. France is in the midst of the Franco-Prussian War. The Prussian soldiers have begun their advance on Paris. The French people were fearful for their lives and for their fathers and sons fighting in the army.
January 17 started out like any other day in the small village of Pontmain in northwestern France. The villagers there were honest, faith filled people. Many of them had family members fighting in the war. That evening, around 5 PM, two young boys, Eugene and Joseph Barbadette, were in the barn helping their father prepare feed for their livestock. Eugene stepped out in the cold air for a break and noticed something peculiar above the house across the street: a spot in the dark night sky where no stars shone. As he stood wondering, he suddenly noticed a beautiful Lady in the space smiling at him! She wore a dark blue dress, covered with bright stars. Her arms were extended towards him in a gesture of welcome. On her head, she wore a black veil topped by a golden crown. Her smile was other worldly. Wondering who the Lady could be, Eugene called out to his family. His brother Joseph gleefully clapped, for he too could see the Lady. The boys’ father, on the other hand, could see nothing. Soon, the rest of the family joined them in the cold, staring into the space above the house, but alas: they could not see the Lady!
The boys’ mother had a thought: maybe the Lady was only visible to children. She quickly hurried to the convent boarding school and asked two girls, Jeanne Marie and Francois, to come to the barn. As they made their way up the street, the girls began shouting happily. They could see the Lady above the house, too. And she was smiling at them! (continue reading in the comments)