“She is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror.” ~Antiphon for the feast of the Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary at Lourdes Hail to Mary on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 2023!
A Song for Bernadette
A Song for Bernadette by Sister Maris Stella “An image of Our Lady stands in a shady corner of the room. I break the gloom with a potted violet tended and set most surely for a sign: this is a shrine. And even more this is a door through which I see things dear to me: the niche upon the…
St. Bernadette and Childlike Trust
“In the evening when you go to sleep, hold your beads, doze off reciting them, do like those babies who go to sleep mumbling, ‘Mamma! Mamma!'” St. Bernadette Soubirous (b. 1844- d. 1879) The advice, in the above quote, from St. Bernadette might sound silly to sophisticated ears, but so be it. The little saint of Lourdes was simply stating a…
St. Bernadette and the Immaculate Conception
On this day in 1879, the saint-visionary of Lourdes, St. Bernadette Soubirous, died after a life of just thirty-five years. Though she had been the recipient of church confirmed visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she lived a simple post-apparition life of service in the order of the Sisters of Charity in Nevers, France. Her days in the religious order…