11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: Learning From The Life of St Bernadette…

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St Bernadette was “always… patient…” 

That’s what jumped out at me in the above video – “Impatience” being my middle name.  What about you? 

As always with Feast Day threads you are invited to discuss any relevant issues, and to share your favourite prayers, novenas, hymns, stories of miracles etc. 

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, everyone!

22 responses

  1. Editor,

    Thanks for this.

    Being my confirmation saint, Bernadette has taught me so many things, namely one being that pride is not a good thing. She used a beautiful analogy of the broom as seen below (apologies for lack of syntax):

    Here are a few quotes from St. Bernadette that highlight her view of suffering and the humility she had after becoming a popular visionary.

    “O Jesus, I would rather die a thousand deaths than be unfaithful to you!I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining. I work, I suffer and I love with no other witness than his heart. Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do his will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend, for here below, Love without suffering does not exist.I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them. I shall do everything for Heaven, my true home. There I shall find my Mother in all the splendor of her glory. I shall delight with her in the joy of Jesus himself in perfect safety.Oh my Mother, to you I sacrifice all other attachments so that my heart may belong entirely to you and to my Jesus.The Blessed Virgin used me like a broom. What do you do with a broom when you have finished sweeping? You put it back in its place, behind the door!”

    She was a beautiful humble soul and suffered dreadfully. I think her spirituality deserves to be more widely known.

    • Warydoom,

      Bernadette’s humility is really beautiful and the analogy of the broom is a first class example of that. I’d forgotten about the broom, so thanks for that reminder.

      Happy Feast to you!

    • Warydoom,

      I love those quotes. They are beautiful, some were on the video at the end.

      BTW I thought the music in that video was really haunting, helped me to read and reflect about the saint.

      Happy Feast everyone!

  2. Happy Feast Day everyone!

    St Bernadette is a beautiful saint, and I love the story of Lourdes. I’ve been several times and it is just incredible to experience the baths. Something inexplicable happens there. Miracles of healing are not the only miracles at Lourdes. It can change people.

  3. Happy Feast Day to all bloggers.

    I think everyone loves St Bernadette, she is so humble. That is her main virtue IMHO.

    I love the Lourdes hymn “Immaculate Mary, our hearts are on fire.” I will try to find it on YouTube and post it. I have such happy memories of singing it in the Lourdes procession when I was there on pilgrimage a lot of years ago. Too many to count, LOL!

  4. Happy Feast to one and all…

    Yes, St Bernadette is a beautiful and very humble saint – but think about this…

    Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and earth, asked Bernadette if she would do her the favour of coming to the grotto every day for the next 15 days.

    Imagine that example of humility!

    And for your interest, folks, I’ve been making a novena to Our Lady of Lourdes which finishes today and already I’ve had a fairly large sign that the novena intention is being answered. Deo gratias!

  5. Happy Feast Day everyone.

    Saint Bernadette is indeed a humble saint, having the privilege of Our Lady appearing to her. Imagine this saint being told of Our Lady’s title the Immaculate Conception.

    I wondered if anyone would like to see the movie of this period in the life of Saint Bernadette.

    • Theresa Rose,

      Many thanks for posting that lovely film. I’m just amazed that YouTube hasn’t removed it for violating on or other of their crackpot terms of service or policies or whatever they call their daft rules… 😀

    • Happy Feast Day to all on Catholic Truth and what a Wonderful Film . The Song of Bernadette is . Without a doubt it is my favourite film . I unfortunately have never visited Lourdes but am sure without a Doubt that Our Lady has visited me . O of course I never ever had the Beautiful Visions of Saint Bernadette but I know in my Heart that the Amount of Prayer said for me to Our Blessed Mother Never Ever went unanswered. I think that the Film is True on lots of counts especially the Suffering that this Beautiful Saint endured in Her short time on this Earth. One of the great True Stories of course of Saint Bernadette is Her Incorruptibility. When one reads of the Doctors Etc who examined Her Body many years after Her Death ( I Believe but stand to be corrected ) it leads me to think also of The Feast of The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady Body and Soul Incorruptible into Heaven. If Our Lord Jesus Christ wouldn’t let Saints Bodies such as Saint Bernadettes decay on this Earth . Then to me that is why his Mother was Taken Body and Soul straight up to Heaven. Sorry if I strayed a bit off topic Ed but am sure you like me Believe that all of Our Ladies Feat Days and Appearances on this Earth are interconnected. Again Happy Feast Day .

      • FOOF,

        YOU stray off topic? Never!

        And you needn’t keep reminding us that loads of prayers were said to Our Lady on your behalf in your youth – none of us has any problem believing it, trust me 😀

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