Eighteenth and Last Apparition – Friday 16 July 1858

On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bernadette receives the mysterious call to the Grotto. Her way however to the Grotto is still blocked and closed off by a barrier. Bernadette gets as close as she can by crossing to the other side of the Gave River across from the Grotto. She was to recount later

“I felt that I was in front of the Grotto, at the same distance as before, I saw only the Blessed Virgin, never was she more beautiful!”