How happy my soul was, good Mother,
when I had the good fortune to gaze upon you!
How I love to recall the pleasant moments spent
under your gaze, so full of kindness and mercy for us.

Yes, tender Mother, you stooped down to earth
to appear to a mere child…You, the Queen of heaven and earth
deigned to make use of
the most fragile thing in the world’s eyes.
-Bernadette, 1866

Mary responded to Bernadette’s request — “who are you?” (on March 25, 1858), with the words: “Que soy era Immaculada Councepciou.”