16 Apr 2012

St Bernadette Soubirous

Today is the feast day of St Bernadette Soubirous, the seer of Lourdes.

Head on over to Pathos where the Anchoress has a post and podcast with a reflection for the celebration today about this humble french girl who was "a woman brought up in such mean poverty that her whole family lived in the equivalent of a jail cell. She was a shepherdess; a poor student who could barely learn her catechism, yet was able to burst into her pastor’s office with the words “Immaculate Conception” pouring forth; a visionary who faced public ridicule for digging with her hands, until the healing spring showed forth the next day."

In honour of the day, we can join in singing the Lourdes Ave (although for Irish readers the words a slight bit different to the traditional one sung on the Emerald Isle)

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