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February 11th, 2009

St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes

...on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

 
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On February 11, 1858, Saint Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes ( January 7, 1844 – April 16, 1879) was gathering firewood when she had a vision of the Virgin Mary in a grotto near town. This was her first of 18 visions.

The miraculous healing power of Lourdes water, from a spring in the grotto, led to its and Bernadette’s recognition. Lourdes has become a place of mass pilgrimage for Catholics — with an estimated 200 million visitors to the shrine since 1860.

To commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes we are offering readers this clip on St. Bernadette featuring commentary from James Martin, SJ.  The video is courtesy of Loyola Productions taken from their new DVD “Who Cares about the Saints?”

 
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The Author : James Martin, SJ
James Martin SJ is the culture editor of America magazine the national Catholic Weekly published by the Jesuits. He is the author of numerous books including My Life with the Saints and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything but is perhaps best known as "chaplain" to The Colbert Report due to his frequent appearances on the show.
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  • Daniel

    Thank you Fr. James Martin, SJ for this awesome commentary on St. Bernadette. And, Thank you Busted Halo for including it in this online magazine! I really felt touched and inspired. The first thing that I can recall from this article n’ video was the connection between my two years of French back in high school, and how I first learned (a few years ago) where Lourdes is (in southern France). I would like to travel there sometime, as I begin my venture through transitioning from “teen” to “young adult” to “adult”, I would like to take hold of my family’s Catholic up bringing, and further my spirituality faith in being independent from my parents, while still being “dependent” on God, as he guides me (and all) in what he wants of our vocation!
    May God Bless everyone who created this video, for it was very inspirational!

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