For over 150 years, this French town has seen the Virgin Mary, miracles and a ton of tourists.
We are going to tell you a story about Gabriel Gargam. This is probably the most famous one, especially because it was both spiritual and physical.
He was born in 1870 of Catholic parents, and was a promising child. Everybody thought he was going to be a clever student. Unfortunately, at 15 years of age, he almost lost his faith. At the time, this was obnoxious.
He was working as a sorter in the postal office in 1899, when two trains, one with him inside, collided. Gargam was thrown fifty two feet from the train, and was paralyzed from the waist down.
After eight month of recovery, he was a living dead. His feet became gangrenous; he could take no solid food and was forced to take nourishment through a tube. The Appellate Court granted him 6,000 francs annually, plus 60,000 francs and indemnity.
His aunt, who was a nun of the Order of the Sacred Heart, begged him to visit Lourdes. After a while, he finally agreed, two years after the accident. He was carried on a stretcher to the train as his state wasn’t getting any better.
Then, he arrived at Lourdes, confessed and received Holy Communion. No effect. They took him to the miraculous pool, still no change. The force, however, threw him into a swoon and he appeared dead.
While they were already mourning on the way back, they saw the procession of the Blessed Sacrament approaching. The priest pronounced Benediction over the mourners and the movement appeared under the covering.
He stood up, strong and healthy. He was alive.
In 1901, doctors, sixty of them, examined him. He was pronounced cured.