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A Holy Life: St. Bernadette of Lourdes by Patricia A. McEachern

While the story of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes in 1858 are well known, relatively few people are familiar with the saints own spiritual insights and profound holiness. For the first time in English, this book presents a wide selection of St. Bernadettes thoughts, advice, sayings, and prayers through the touching words of her spiritual diary, notes, and letters to friends and family.

After receiving the visions of Our Lady at the grotto in Lourdes, Bernadette eventually became a religious sister as a member of the Sisters of Charity. She lived a life of simplicity, charity, suffering and deep holiness, dying at the age of 35. When she was canonized a saint, her body was found to be incorrupt.

In these beautiful writings of St. Bernadette, we learn the secrets of her holiness and happiness. Though she suffered greatly throughout her life, the heroic response of this humble, self-effacing nun transformed excruciating suffering into spiritual fruitfulness. Her letters and writings serve as a model for others passing through their own trials. Her writings reveal and intimate and profound love for God and neighbor. Anyone pursuing a deeper spiritual life will appreciate knowing Bernadette as she truly was, and the inspiring spiritual works of wisdom she offers to us all.
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The Life of St. Bernadette

St. Bernadette of Lourdes

The location of the visions is a very popular destination for religious pilgrims and people seeking a miracle cure. She was called Bernadette, a diminutive of her name Bernarde, because of her small size. The family was poor and she grew up malnourished and sickly. Her mother had brought a mill in Lourdes to her marriage as part of her dowry, but Louis Soubirous did not run it successfully. With many children and failing finances, the family often favored Bernadette at mealtimes to try to improve her health. She had little education.

Lourdes in was an inconspicuous little French town on the Gave de Pau River at the foot of the Pyrenees, with around 4, inhabitants. He and his wife Louise had six children. The eldest was their daughter Marie-Bernarde, known as Bernadette. Desperately poor, the family lived squashed into one small room. Bernadette spent part of her childhood brought up by an aunt, had little in the way of schooling and was unable to read or write. Bernadette went back to the grotto seventeen more times and saw the Lady, though no one else ever did. Her story spread round the town like wildfire.

The Story of Saint Bernadette. Bernadette Soubirous was born in Lourdes on 7th. Francois, a miller, was handicapped by an eye injury ten years later and was then accussed of stealing bread from a local baker, causing him to be jailed for eight days in "the Cachot". A drought left the surrounding areas with no wheat harvest and a cholera epidemic took many lives. Bernadette was infected and it left its mark on her. In extreme poverty left the family depending on a relative for accommodation, a small room of just 16 square metres.

These apparitions are said to have occurred between 11 February and 16 July , and the lady who appeared to her identified herself as the Immaculate Conception. Despite initial skepticism from some Church authorities, Soubirous's claims were eventually declared "worthy of belief" after a canonical investigation, and the Marian apparition became known as Our Lady of Lourdes.
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She received several visions from the Virgin Mary starting in When she reported these visions, civil authorities attempted to force her to recant her accounts. She refused, and word spread about the cave she had found with supposed miracle healing springs. Lourdes emerged as a pilgrimage site for worshippers from around the world. We strive for accuracy and fairness.

Bernadette of Lourdes was a French nun who lived in the s. Despite opposition, St. Bernadette was the eldest of nine children from a poverty-stricken family. Bernadette of Lourdes died of tuberculosis at age Frail in health, Bernadette was the eldest of nine children from a poverty-stricken family. She contracted cholera in the epidemic of and suffered from asthma and other ailments throughout her life. Between February 11 and July 16, , at the age of 14, she had a series of visions of the Virgin Mary in the nearby Massabielle grotto.


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  1. Saint Bernadette of Lourdes was known as a saint who received visions from the Virgin Mary in a cave near Lourdes. Learn more at.

  2. Saint Bernadette came from a very poor family in France and was the oldest of nine children.

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