Published author Timothy F. Kauffman is the special guest on this "Apparitions of Mary" analysis. Mr. Kauffman was reared from birth as a Roman Catholic, and he became a Christian in 1991 when he was 24 years old. He was trained by his mother from his youth to follow the Apparitions of Mary, pray the rosary, and wear his scapular and the Miraculous Medal. He has written several books since his conversion, including "Quite Contrary: A Biblical Reconsideration of the Apparitions of Mary," "Graven Bread: The Papacy, the Apparitions of Mary, and the Worship of the Bread of the Altar," & "Geese in Their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism by Charles Haddon Spurgeon." His books can be found at Rob Zins' (Th.M Dallas Theological Seminary) website: http://www.CWRC-RZ.ORG & at AMAZON.COM.
February 2008 was the 150th anniversary of the appearance of a Marian Apparition at Lourdes, France, to an illiterate peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous. Since that time, Lourdes has been a destination for millions of Roman Catholics who seek both healing and salvation. In 2007 Benedict XVI established regular airline flights from Rome to Lourdes and offered plenary indulgences to the Roman Catholic faithful in order to encourage pilgrimages to the site of the Apparition.
Apparitions typically arrive with extensive messages for popes and pilgrims alike. The Marian Apparition at Paris in 1830 gave Roman Catholics the devotion and design of the popular "Miraculous Medal." The Marian Apparition at La Salette in 1846 gave explicit, and sometimes secret, messages to the children, some of which were addressed to and sent directly to the pope.