Thursday, 16 April 2020

Saint Bernardette Soubirious of Lourdes

The Saint for April 16th is one even I  had heard of.......St Bernadette of Lourdes.
She was born in 1844, daughter of a poor miller. In 1858 while collecting wood on the banks of the River Gave near Lourdes, she saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. She showed people the cave in which Mary had appeared but was mocked for her vision. From 18th February until 4th March Bernadette continued to see and speak with the blessed Virgin every day. Crowds would gather drawn by what she had seen and the mysterious appearance of a spring. On 25th March another vision of Mary told Bernadette that she must build a chapel at the place where the appearances took place.
Today Lourdes is a famous place of pilgrimage where people flock to be healed by the waters of the spring.
Bernadette became a nun in 1866 and died on 16th April 1879



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17 comments:

  1. Just think, you might have been called Bernadette!

    I remember her very well, much revered at my Convent. We were taken en masse to see the film when it came out.

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    1. Actually it might have been better as there were 5 Sues in my year at Grammar School, such a common name in the 1950's!. What I don't understand about the Saints names for birthdays as in some Catholic countries is what are girls called when only a male Saint on their birthday? and visa versa.

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    2. From information from Polish friends here, whose 'name' days are more important than birthdays, the two dates don't have to coincide and rarely do.

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  2. I think her family name is/was Soubirous. A fairly famous book, The Song of Bernadette, was written by Franz Werfel. a Jewish author who found shelter in Lourdes after France fell to the Germans in 1940. It was a movie, too, I think. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Song_of_Bernadette_(novel). I haven't read it myself and some things in the article were rather surprising! (Not in a good way.)

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    1. I didn't know about a book or film, I shall investigate.

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    2. There are a few Bernadette films, the one my school went to was the 1961 one.

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    3. The movie "The Song of Bernadette" is on you tube:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbeKQJyI5e8

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  3. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe not a single 'miracle' has been credited to Lourdes. Bernadette herself was always regarded as a fraud by the church, but I think she's respected a bit more these days.

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  4. Lourdes is closed now for the first time because of the virus. There have been many verified (not just by the Church) miracles at Lourdes:
    http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/approved_apparitions/lourdes/miracles1.html

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  5. I enjoyed your post. Happy Birthday to you dear Sue. I hope it is an enjoyable day for you.

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  6. Social distancing means that you are spared the bumps! Happy Birthday! I hope that the blue skies, sunshine and WhatsApp (or whatever it is called) have helped you to have a pleasant day.

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    1. Thank you - yes a lovely day - I'll be showing off with photos of pressies and cards tomorrow!!

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  7. The Song of Bernadette is a marvelous movie.

    Happy Birthday.

    God bless.

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