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A Holy Life - St. Bernadette of Lourdes

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Holy Life - St. Bernadette of Lourdes

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A HOLY LIFE: St. Bernadette of Lourdes
by Patricia McEachern, Ph.D.

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 saint's own spiritual insights and profound holiness. For the first time in English, this book presents a wide selection of St. Bernadette's 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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This item received 5 stars overall. Bernadette, Saint and Friend

I've read all the books about St. Bernadette that I could get my hands on. She is my patron saint so I feel a strong connection to her. This connection makes me want to learn all I can about St. Bernadette in order to better relate with her and imitate her virtues and holy life.
I can think of five books I have read over the years; and they all added something to my devotion to St. Bernadette. But there was one book in particular that really opened my eyes to St. Bernadette, not only as a visionary and a saint, but a real person.
The book I so positively refer to is A Holy Life, St. Bernadette of Lourdes by Patricia A. McEachern. A few black and white photos grace the middle of the book and I am sure many of you feel the same way as I do. "Wow! Some photos of a real saint!" In all actuality th Full Review...

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St. Bernadette of Lourdes

St. Bernadette of Lourdes Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/16

Patron Of: Sick Poor

Also known as

    * Bernada
    * Bernardetta
    * Bernardette Soubirous
    * Bernardette
    * Maria Bernadette
    * Marie Bernarde
    * Sleeping Saint of Nevers

 16 April
 18 February in France

Oldest of six children in a very poor family headed by Francois and Louise Casterot. Hired out as a servant from age 12 to 14. Shepherdess. On 11 February 1858, around the time of her first Communion, she received a vision of the Virgin; her own account of it is in the Readings section below. She received seventeen more in the next five months, and was led to a spring of healing waters. She moved into a house with the sisters of Nevers at Lourdes where she lived, worked, and learned to read and write. The sisters cared for the sick and indigent, and at age 22 they admitted Bernadette into their order since she was both. Always sick herself, and often mistreated by her superiors, she died with a prayer for Mary's aid. Since the appearances of Mary to young Bernadette in 1858, more than 200 million people have visited the shrine of Lourdes.

7 January 1844 at Lourdes, France

16 April 1879, Nevers, France of natural causes; body incorrupt


1933 by Pope Pius XI

Name Meaning
brave as a bear

 against bodily ills
 Lourdes, France
 people ridiculed for their piety
 sick people

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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