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Saturday, May 6, 2006
St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes

Optional Memorial (1969 Calendar): February 11
Greater Double (1955 Calendar): February 11

I turned on EWTN tonight and watched the beautiful story of the Virgin Mary's apparitions to St. Bernadette. Just think how wonderful it would be to see the Mother of God. But, as the movie depicted, it wasn't easy. Few people believed St. Bernadette and she was persecuted for her visions. She received 18 visions of Mary from from February 11, 1858, to July 16, 1858 in Lourdes, France.

On March 25, 1858 (Thursday), the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette and said, "I am the Immaculate Conception." I don't need any other proof that the Mother Mary's own words. She is indeed the Immaculate Conception, and I pray that more people will come to believe. Since the apparitions, countless people have journeyed to Lourdes, France to be healed in the waters of the Grotto where Mary appeared. Many of them have been healed. The process for a healing to be declared a miracle is very intense but over 60 people have already been formally declared healed because of the miraculous water as Lourdes. They were healed by faith.

St. Bernadette died at the age of 35 on April 16, 1879. Her body remains incorrupt today.  February 11 is therefore also World Day for the Sick.

Le Pelerinage de Lourdes:
Deep in our soul are profound and pleasant memories of the pilgrimage to Lourdes which We had the privilege of making when We went to preside, in the name of Our Predecessor, Pius XI, over the Eucharistic and Marian celebrations marking the close of the Jubilee of the Redemption We are particularly pleased, therefore, to learn that, on the initiative of the Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, this Marian city is preparing an appropriate celebration for the centenary of the apparitions of the Immaculate Virgin at the grotto of Massabielle, and that an international committee has been set up for this purpose under the presidency of His Eminence Eugene Cardinal Tisserant, Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals.


O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin didst prepare a worthy dwelling for Thy Son: we humbly beseech Thee, that we, who celebrate the Apparition of this same Blessed Virgin, may obtain health of soul and body. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

For more information on St. Bernadette and the Miracles of our Lady at Lourdes, please see the lesson dedicated to our Lady of Lourdes.


del_button May 6, 2006 at 9:33 PM
Kim said...

I watched that, too. :D It was nice to see a theatrical account of Lourdes, instead of just reading them in books. Although the books are awesome. :)

del_button May 7, 2006 at 10:50 AM
Moneybags said...

I agree. It was wonderful to watch. I'd really love to go there one day on a pilgrimage.

del_button May 7, 2006 at 2:18 PM
Dymphna said...

That was a really excellent movie and the actress strongly resembled St. Bernadette.

del_button November 28, 2006 at 7:23 PM
Anonymous said...

I love that movie its probably my favourite religious movie ever!!!

del_button May 17, 2008 at 2:37 AM
Kamalakar said...

hi i am kamalakar rao ponnapalli from india. i have been to lourdes in my mission to produce a movie on saint bernadette life. it took 10 years to relise my dreams.finally with the blessings of mother mary, i produced the beautiful feature film OUR LADY OF LOURDES in english and can order for dvd or a print. watch my trailer on you tube or on my web. ourladyoflourdesmovie. please note that i am a hindu(non christian) but i have immense faith on mother mary and i experienced several miracles in my journey of making this film

del_button March 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM
Jobadiah said...


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