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The Wonders of Lourdes

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Introduction by the Most Reverend Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Lourdes - a new book celebrating the 150th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes - from Magnificat publications!

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions to Saint Bernadette in Lourdes with 150 true and moving stories! With an introduction by Most Reverend Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Lourdes, and Pierre-Marie Dumont, publisher of the immensely popular Magnificat missal, The Wonders of Lourdes tells the true story of this marvellous shrine from the very first apparition to the present day. This unique collection chronicles 150 true and moving stories that celebrate 150 years of faith, prayer and miracles, and recounts the epic history of a pilgrimage site that has become a sign of conversion, faith and hope for millions of believers.

Working in harmony with the bishops of France and with complete access to the Lourdes archives, twenty-two contributing writers relate in dramatic style the development of the shrine, its traditions and the personal journeys of many who work or have visited there. Written in an engaging fashion representing a variety of styles, The Wonders of Lourdes is an essential addition to a home library that makes a cherished gift to loved ones. A great preparation for the first Papal visit of Pope Benedict to Lourdes, planned for the autumn of 2008.

The Wonder of Lourdes is a work like no other – a beautiful, grand, engaging and wonderfully comprehensive history of the Lourdes story that calls us back to the virtue of hope. Magnificat has done the Catholic community a marvelous service with this project. It’s a treasure.”
— Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado

“A monumental tribute of history and prose to the spiritual mother of all peoples who identified herself to the world from that humble Lourdes grotto with the sublime revelation: ‘I am the Immaculate Conception.’”
— Dr. Mark Miravalle, Professor of Theology and Mariology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“Above all, this book proposes with simple clarity the wisdom and truth found in the stories of the people who are ‘the wonders of Lourdes!’”
— Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda, author of The Seeker’s Guide to Mary (Loyola, 2002)

“Each chapter is a potent reminder that the astonishing gift of Our Lady at Lourdes is for everyone – from the greatest of pontiffs to the humblest laborer, from the most learned theologian to the simplest soul wrestling with life’s challenges.”
— Matthew Bunson, editor, Encyclopedia of Saints (Our Sunday Visitor)

“Like the spring at the grotto, the stories in this marvelous collection bubble up in an abundance of refreshing witness to the continuing miracle that is Lourdes.”
— Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., editor of The Catholic Answer magazine

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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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