Happy Birthday Saint Bernadette of Lourdes
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes
, original name
Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, also called
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, was born on
January 7, 1844, in Lourdes, France.
She was canonized by Pope Pius XI
on December 8, 1933.
She died on April 16, 1879.
She is the Patron Saint of the poor,
those ridiculed for their faith,
the sick, shepherds, and Lourdes, France.
Saint Bernadette was a visionary and messenger of the Immaculate Conception, she told us the very words of the Virgin Mary, spoken in the native Basque tongue of Southern France and Northern Spain. She spoke words teaching of the merits of prayer, penance, poverty and church. In the first and most widely recognized Marian apparition of modern times, a personal message was delivered also to Bernadette—She would not find happiness in this world, but only in the next.
In sharing the grace of the apparitions, Saint Bernadette reminds us of the miracle of everyday life: God is with us. One hundred forty years after her death, she continues to touch hearts and change lives with her example of simplicity, humility and obedience.
As this new year begins, let us hold close her life. Inspired by her faith, may we follow where she leads and embrace her greatest teaching to "Love without measure."
Prayer of St. Bernadette:
"O Jesus, keep me under the standard of your cross.
Let me not just look at You crucified but have You living in my heart."
Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Michael Catholic Churches
103 Golf Club Lane, Springfield, Tennessee 37172
615-384-6200 | firstname.lastname@example.org
on Thursday, January 7 at 5:03PM