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Bernadette Soubirous - A Young Girl's Vision Of The Virgin Mary The True Story Of The Miracle Of Lourdes

Updated on April 18, 2014

Poverty and Illness.

Bernadette Soubirous was born on the 7th January 1844, In Lourdes France. She lived with her mother and father, Francois and Louise Soubirous. She was the eldest of five children. Her mother Louise had given birth to nine children, but sadly lost three before they reached the age of ten. Her childhood was simple, but filled with poverty and illness. Her father was a miller, and the money he earned was barely enough to feed the family. But because of these circumstances, they were a close and loving family. In 1854, something happened that would change their lives forever. And lead Bernadette down a path of fear, illness and desperation. Her father was suddenly accused of stealing two sacks of flour, and even though he protested his innocence, he was jailed for weeks. At the same time, drought affected the land, and the wheat harvest became so poor it affected the mill where he worked. Their world collapsed around them, and they were forced to move to a one room dwelling. The cold and the damp, affected Bernadette to such an extent that she contracted cholera. High fevers wracked her body, and she suffered with the effects for the rest of her life, causing her to have asthma attacks. The emotional distress took it's toll on her.

Bernadette Soubirous

Isolation and Heartache

As Bernadette was unable to attend school, she was unable to read and write, or speak french. When she was 14 years of age the only dialect that she could speak was the local dialect of Lourdes. This not only affected her in her outside life, but also upset her because she was not allowed to receive Holy Communion, as she could not understand the Catechism. At this point in time, her only comfort came from the love of her mother. The irony of being turned away from the Church became obvious a few months into her 14th birthday when Bernadette's world would change forever, and the Church would have to open their eyes to the wonder of what befell them.

The Year of Wonders.

On Thursday February 11, 1858, a day which started out ordinarily, Bernadette would step outside of her house, and would take her first steps into History.

After dinner, on this Thursday before Ash Wednesday, Bernadette was asked to go and fetch some more wood, as there was none left to feed the fire. Bernadette, her sister Toinette, and a friend called Jeanne Abadie, went to the river which was surrounded by woodland. It was a cold day, and they had to cross the river. The water was freezing cold, and running fast, and the girls thought it would be best if Bernadette stayed on this side because they feared she would have an asthma attack. So Bernadette stayed, and watched her sister and friend go. She was alone.

Suddenly a noise rose up around her, and fearing that a storm was about to descend on her, Bernadette ran for cover. The nearest place to rest and keep warm was the Grotto of Massabieille, a natural cave or grotto, that was in the side of the rock face. At this time it was just an old cave that was used for dumping rubbish or holding animals.

Bernadette realised that in fact, instead of a storm arising, everything was still. In fact eerily still. Silent.

The only thing that was moving, was a rose bush. Swishing and swaying in the wind. Only there was no wind. Looking up, she jumped and began to panic. Losing her sense of speech and movement, she was transfixed on the mouth of the cave. There was a Golden coloured cloud drifting outwards towards her. She couldn't move. Then Bernadette saw movement. Behind the cloud, slowly coming towards her, she saw the most wonderful sight, a beautiful Lady. Silently, the Lady came and stood at the entrance to the Grotto. The rose bush was at her feet, and Bernadette had never seen anything so glorious. The lady held her hand out to Bernadette, and signaled her to advance.

Bernadette took out her rosary and knelt before the Lady. Who she noticed had one laying across her right arm. Bernadette was paralyzed. It wasn't until the Lady made the sign of the cross, that Bernadette felt she could do the same. At first the Lady stood quietly, then softly she began to recite the Gloria's with her. Bernadette stared at her, her eyes misting with emotion, until the Lady smiled a wondrous smile and returned to the Grotto, and the Golden cloud disappeared too.

The Vision

Bernadette stayed like this for sometime, then realising that she was getting colder, she ran back to find her sister. They all listened in awe at her story. But Bernadette was troubled and told them to keep it a secret. That evening, after the family prayer, Bernadette began to cry. After her mother kept asking what was wrong, Bernadette's sister told them everything. Her mother was scared that Bernadette was halucinating and told her to keep away from the cave. But after Bernadette went to bed, she couldn't get the vision out of her mind. The discription she had given to her family, was this:

"She has the appearance of a young girl of sixteen or seventeen. She is dressed in a white robe, girdled at the waist with a blue ribbon which flows down all around it. A yoke closes it in graceful pleats at the base of the neck. The sleeves are long and tight fitting. She wears upon her head a veil which is also white. This veil gives just a glimpse of her hair and then falls down at the back below her waist. Her feet are bare but covered by the last folds of her robe except at the point where a yellow rose shines upon each of them. She holds on her right arm a rosary of white beads with a chain of gold shining like the two roses on her feet"

By the following Sunday, her worried mother decided to allow Bernadette to return to the cave. Hoping that she would realise that it had just been an illusion. Little did she know that this was the start of something wondrous.

The Second Apparition -Sunday February 14 1858

This time, Bernadette was accompanied by her sister and friend. They carried a vial of Holy Water with them. This was because her parents wanted to know if the vision was real, or if it was an evil influence. When they entered the Grotto, instead of throwing the water inside to ward of evil spirits, Bernadette suddenly poured the water down into the ground. Turning to her friends she told them that the Lady was there, and she was smiling. The other two girls ran off screaming, and by the time Bernadette got home, her mother was standing by the door holding a switch, a long stick, getting ready to go to the Grotto and see for herself. But by this time the whole town was talking about it. A local woman, who luckily for Bernadette, believed her and realised that something amazing was going on, managed to stop her mother. Calming her down, she asked permission to take Bernadette back to the Grotto.

Bernadette In Prayer

After saying Mass, they set of for the Grotto, carrying a blessed candle. They also took a pen, paper and ink to record the sightings. On entering the Grotto, Bernadette saw the Lady again. She said to Bernadette, "There is no need to write down what I say to you, will you come here everyday for fifteen days?" The Lady then gave Bernadette a pledge. She never said she would be happy in this world, but promised her that she would find happiness in the next.

On Friday February 19 1858, Bernadette's parents accompanied her to the Grotto. With neighbours surrounding her, Bernadette's face was transfigured and illuminated.

Saturday February 20 1858

The Lady taught Bernadette a prayer that she recited daily for the rest of her life. She never revealed it to anybody. She always took a blessed candle with her to the Grotto.

Sunday February 21 1858

Bernadette was asked by the Lady to always pray for sinners. On this day, several hundred people followed her to the Grotto, and amongst them was a Doctor Dozous. He stated that " There is nothing wrong with Bernadette's mental state, in fact her pulse was regular, and her breathing easier than normal".

Soon there was a meeting in the town to discuss the matter. One was the danger of such huge crowds gathering in one place, and the other concern was of course, was she imagining it? But soon a local official, M. Jacomet, the Chief of Police, and M. Estrade, who became Bernadette's friend, decided to investigate the whole business. And became invaluable by recording scrupulously each and every word that was spoken.

Suspicion and Disbelief

The local authorities tried everything they could to try to make Bernadette confess that it was just a story. They tried to trick her, by saying she had said something different at meetings with the Lady. But Bernadette stuck to her story. On Monday February 22 1858, Bernadette returned to the Grotto, but was closely followed by two policemen. She knelt down at her usual place, but was surprised by the policemen. When they asked, had she seen the Lady, Bernadette replied that, no, she hadn't appeared. The locals started laughing and said that the Lady was scared by the Police!

The Seventh Apparition. Tuesday February 23 1858

Two hundred people were present at this time. And they all witnessed Bernadette's transition. Her faced glowed with a radiance that was so bright, the local men removed their hat's and fell to their knees. Bernadette seemed to be listening gravely. Occasionally she would nod her head, or bow down. Sometimes she smiled. When asked what the Lady had said, she replied that the Lady had entrusted her with three secrets, which she never revealed.

On her eight appearance, on Wednesday February 24 1858, Bernadette turned and faced the crowd and repeated these words, "penitence, penitence, penitence"

Then The Miracle Comes.

The Ninth Apparition Thursday February 25 1858.

Bernadette knelt before her Lady. The crowd was quiet and awestruck. Then so quiet that they could hardly hear her, Bernadette repeated the words that the Lady had said to her.

"Drink from the fountain and bathe in it" Bernadette was puzzled, as there had never been a fountain at Massabieille. Not even any kind of natural spring.

The crowd held their breath.

Bernadette began to scratch the loose gravel and earth off the ground in front of her. As she did, she began to notice that the ground was beginning to get moist. Suddenly a little pool started to form, and bubbles were rising from the ground. She reached down and cupped the water in her hands. And drank. Then she washed her face in it. The crowd were silent as they made their way home. Everyone was in shock.

The next day, Bernadette returned to the Grotto, along with all the villagers. They all stood in amazed shock to see that the ground was now covered in water, and the pool was dripping down the rock. The following day, the trickle had become a stream.

It was said afterwards, that maybe the spring had always been there, but nobody had found it.

But Bernadette had. She had been given the message by direct command.

The Miracle Begins.

The Commands

The following Apparitions consisted of the Lady telling Bernadette to kiss the ground on behalf of sinners, which she did, and the crowd also followed. Then the Lady told Bernadette to build a Chapel on the site of the Grotto. Bernadette was then told by the Lady that she was wearing a different rosary, which was correct.

On the Thirteenth day, the Lady just prayed with Bernadette. But on the fourteenth day, the Lady repeated that she wanted a Chapel build on the Grotto. Bernadette was terrified of the Clergy, but did as she commanded and asked to see the priest. He dismissed her and said, "If the Lady wants a Chapel, then tell her to reveal her identity"!

 

The Fifteenth Commandment

 The fifteenth day. Thursday March 4 1858.

Everybody knew that this was meant to be the last time the Lady would come to Bernadette. Twenty thousand people were present. This included an entire military garrison in full dress and armour. A path was cleared for her to walk towards the Grotto. She was accompanied by two soldiers. Bernadette bowed down before the Lady. The crowd waited in anticipation. But they were disappointed. Bernadette turned to them and told them that she would continue to come to the grotto. The Lady had not said farewell. The crowd were disillusioned. They expected something special. They had all seen Bernadette's face, glowing with a strange radiance, but that was all.

 

 

I Am The Immaculate Conception

 

The Feast Of The Annunciation

Thursday march 25 1858.

This day, as Bernadette knelt before the Lady, she was to hear the words that would reveal the Miracle before her. With the crowd silent, and holding their breath the beautiful Lady smiled and said, " I am the Immaculate Conception". When Bernadette revealed this to the people, they flocked to the Grotto, and believed.

Just after this revelation, Bernadette was subjected to another medical examination, and was found to be of sound mind.

The Miracle Of The Candle

Bernadette had always taken a lighted candle to the Grotto, ever since she had been instructed to do so by the Lady. On this day, Wednesday April 7 1858, Bernadette did something that was one of the most amazing Miracles so far. She placed her hand over the candle while she was praying with the Lady. To the cries of horror coming from the crowd, she continued to talk to the Lady. For fifteen minutes her hand was seen shining with the flame flickering around her fingers. After she finished praying, she turned to walk away. her hand was untouched! There was not a mark on her skin. Doctor Dozous took another candle, and without Bernadette realising what he was going to do, yelled in horror as he placed the candle on her hand. She immediately cried out in pain. This horrified the crowd and dissension started to take place. The Grotto was immediately ordered shut. She had frightened them into believing it was magic.

The Last Visitation

 After the Grotto was closed, Bernadette was relieved to find that the interest in her was slowly disappearing. The public had begun to leave her alone, and most presumed that the visitations were finished.  After a few months, Bernadette decided to visit the Grotto again. She and her aunt went to see how close they could get to the Grotto, but the barricades were still there. So they decided to kneel on the grass. Looking up, Bernadette smiled. The Lady had come to see her for the last time.

Shortly after, Bernadette decided to join the order of the Sisters of Charity. Her life became one of peace and order. But she remained sickly. In all that time she never once complained of pain, and continued to do her work for the sick and elderly.

The Last Miracle

Bernadette Soubirous died on April 16 1879. She was just 34 years old. She was buried in the grounds of Nevers convent, France. Thirty years after her death, her body was exhumed for examination. This was the first stage of preparing her for Sainthood. The church would remove such things as small bones and tissue for sacred relics. When they opened her coffin, the greatest miracle of all was revealed.

The Incorruptible.

To the amazement of the witnesses, Bernadette's body was completely perfect. Death had not sunken the skin, there was no smell, and her face looked peaceful and perfect. She hadn't decayed at all.

Her preserved body had lay in a damp grave for thirty years. All the usual reasons for preserving a body were not there. If a body stays in this state, it is usually because of the chemicals in the skin, or lime and other minerals in the surrounding earth. In Bernadette's case, this was not so. There was no scientific reason for this.

Over the next few years, Bernadette was examined and washed according to the Holy Rules. She had a few marks on her body, where her skin had turned black on parts of her back, but her body was rigid enough to be washed. There was one thing that was strange. Her Rosary had turned green, and her robe had damp spots on it. This was completely opposite to the usual result of a perfectly mummified body. In a normal mummification, the soil and the minerals would mummify all of the body. Bernadette's body was a contradiction to how she should look. The heat and water should have decomposed all of her body. But she was nearly perfectly preserved. She is now preserved in a Chrystal coffin, and visitors can go and see her.

Sainthood.

On 8th December 1933, Bernadette was canonized as a Saint by the Catholic Church. Her Feast day is celebrated on the 16th April

The Chapel was built soon after Bernadette's death, with the endorsement of the Church..

After 1866, a railway was constructed to take pilgrims and the afflicted to Lourdes to be healed.

Bernadette's Tomb A Chrystal Casket

She Lays In Peace

At The Time Of Her Death

Now: The Beautiful Incorruptible

Notes

1. The water that flows in Lourdes has proven to have healed at least 68 people. These numbers are the only ones that scientists cannot find any other explanation for. But thousands of people have claimed that they have been cured.

2.At the time of Bernadette hearing the Lady say " I am the Immaculate conception" it was not common knowledge within the population of her town or city, that the church called Mary the Immaculate Conception, or indeed even knew what it signified, therefore they had no idea how Bernadette knew the phrase.

Lourdes France

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Amazing, thank you LJM, its what we believe and see I suppose is important, but she was an amazing woman, I think that's what really counts, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      LJM 2 years ago

      Her hand and face are made of wax. Here is the true story:

      As part of the canonization process of Bernadette Soubirous her body was exhumed three separate times, in 1909, 1919, and finally in 1925, when she was moved to the crystal casket. Her body was pronounced by the church as officially "incorrupt," but it seems the qualifications for that term may have been somewhat lax. In the words of the attending doctor in 1919: "The body is practically mummified, covered with patches of mildew and quite a notable layer of salts, which appear to be calcium salts... The skin has disappeared in some places, but it is still present on most parts of the body."

      After a few ribs were removed to be sent to Rome as relics, it was decided that the "blackish color" of her face might be off-putting to pilgrims, and so a "light wax mask" was in order. Her new face and hands were designed by Pierre Imans, a designer of fashion mannequins in Paris.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks once again grand old lady, glad you liked it, she was amazing wasn't she? nell

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      Very interesting and informative article on Bernadette Soubirous. There are so many mysteries of this world, and I appreciate that you are willing to tackle them.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Cynthia!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks again Shyron, glad you liked it, nell

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Nell for sharing Bernadette's story, I have seen her story several times and I am always awestruck.

      voted up, ABI will share and link my "Waltz of the Angeles"

      Shyron

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks cadf, for that info, and thanks for reading, nell

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      cadf64 4 years ago

      Adishatz,

      It is very misleading to say that she only spoke a dialect of Lourdes.

      Firstly Occitain isn't a dialect but like French or English a real language. It was spoken at the time by the whole of the southern half of France. Although in decline since this time it is currently used by more than 5 million people and is now taught in selected schools. If she had only spoken French then it would be correct to say that she would have been really isolated !

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Holly, I totally agree with you, I am always a bit skeptical too, I think we will never really know the truth, but all I can say is that she was a wonderful lady, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Holly 6 years ago

      The first time I saw the movie, I thought how wonderful the thought, the second time I was a little more intrigued. I'm a bit skeptical of these things, but seeing is believing. Thankyou

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Paradise, once again thank you so much, I really appreciate you reading my hubs, take care nell

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      God bless her, and you, Nell Rose, for sharing this remarkable story.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, thanks guys, for your great comments, I am so behind today, I will just say thanks and I loved reading all your comments, take care nell

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      Catharine Parks 6 years ago from Niagara Falls, On

      Wow! I have never heard the story before about Bernadette, what an amazing story it is!And her body never decomposed, those pictures are amazing and incredible.There are some miracles unexplained in this world, and we will never know the full story until we reach the other side. I do believe that her story is a message for the world, but it is up to us to let the Spirit of God reveal what it is to each one of us that hears Bernadette's story.

      Beautifully written hub, that kept me riveted till the end.

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      Jasmine Pena 6 years ago from California, USA

      Thanks for writing a hub about Bernadette:) I have always been courious about how her life was.

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      ameliejan 6 years ago from Alicante, Spain

      This is a really fascinating and beautiful story! Well written hub, thanks for sharing.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      An amazing story. I remember after seeing the Song of Bernadette as a young girl, it inspired me to want to become a nun. And I wasn't even Catholic! I did later give my heart to the Lord and I am serving him.

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      It is a beautiful story and I do believe something miraculous happened but I also believe that the story has grown as stories will do and be added to. It does not make it a wrong but people often need a source for miracles such as prayer clothes that are sold, etc and they really are healed because their faith is strong in the object of tangibility to a higher power when on their own they cannot have the faith. Beautiful story and fascinating pictures, a real treat! Thank you.

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      CJamesIII 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Fascinating story! The fact that so many people witnessed her transformation (glowing face) and that at least 68 people have drank the water and have been "healed," is proof of miracles, or perhaps something beyond our 5 or 6 senses.

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      I have an old book The Song of Bernadette, published in 1941 I found at an auction one time. I have always collected stuff on many saints, and she is a lovely one! :) Thanks for the inspiring hub!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Thanks merseyblue and FirstCommunion, I am really interested in this story, she was lovely, cheers nell

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      FirstCommunion 6 years ago from US

      I so loved the readings!

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      Linda Forshaw 6 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Incredibly so. I was not aware of her or the events surrounding her so it was a very interesting read :) x

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, merseyblue, thanks for reading it, she is amazing isn't she? cheers nell

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      Linda Forshaw 6 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      A really interesting and beautiful hub. Thanks Nell x

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Clara, thank you so much! I am so pleased you liked it, cheers nell

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      ClaraN9 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Nell for sharing such a remarkable story! I had never heard it before so I am so happy you wrote it. It's such a great hub and the way you wrote it kept me captivated right till the end!!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Krishna, thanks for reading it, yes, these are the real photos of her last resting place. That is why she is called incorruptible, amazing isn't it?

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      Krishna 6 years ago

      Are THE 4 last pictures in this hub real? Is that the real Bernadette is she looks like now?

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Huntgoddess, thank you so much, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Huntgoddess 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Wow, this Hub is really amazing. You're such a great writer.

      I was going to write a Hub on the World Day for the Sick, which, as you know, John Paul II based on this apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes.

      But, I don't even think I'll try now that I've read yours. It's amazing and beautiful and inspiring.

      Thanks, and God bless.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, nik, thanks for coming back, I don't know what has happened to make you sad, but I wish you well in the future, and I am so pleased that you liked my hub, thanks again, nell

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      nik 6 years ago

      Hi Nell! Thank you so much for this. You see yesterday I was so filled with grief and it's like there was this dark cloud over me,...then all of a sudden I stumbled upon your page,... it made me feel so alive. Thank you so much. I even have my Posary right now. Thank you.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, nik, thanks so much for reading it, she is beautiful, isn't she? I am so pleased that it fills you with hope, take care and thanks nell

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      nik 6 years ago

      She's so beautiful,...Guess I'm lucky to stumble upon this site about Mama Mary and St. Bernadette,..now I'm so much more filled with HOPE,... thank You.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Kimberly thanks so much, I will be back over soon but my stupid computer is really playing up so if I disappear it is because of the signal! lol thanks again nell

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      Kimberly Bunch 6 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      What an amazing story. Something to cherish always. Stories like this.

      =)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Exy, thanks for stopping by, thank you so much for your vote I am so pleased you liked it, cheers nell

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      Exy 7 years ago

      Hi Nell, I heard about this story many times but not as detail as this. Marked as beautiful. Thank you :)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Micky, thanks so much for all your visits today! I really appreciate it, and it's great to see you, take care nell

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Great job as usual Nell. Thank you Dear!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, James, thanks so much, I just had the urge to write about her, I have no idea why! but I got so engrossed reading about her, it took me ages to write it! lol thanks as always nell

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      You told this story beautifully. And it is a beautiful story. Thank you for this pleasure.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, thanks so much for the vote, I am glad you liked it, I also didn't know that she was and incorruptible, it was amazing to find that out, and the pictures made me gasp when I first saw them, I remember the film from a long time ago, it's a shame that they don't show it now, thanks again nell

      Hi, Dolores, thanks for liking it, it is a lovely story, I don't remember the Ingrid Bergman one, I think it was another version that I saw, thanks again nell

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I am writing this with tears in my eyes. This is such a beautiful story. I am going to Stumble this one. I remember the movie about St. Bernadette whose part was played by Ingrid Bergman who did look quite a lot like the actual Bernadette.

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Wonderful telling of a blessed event. It brought to mind the movie made a decade or so ago. I was unaware that her body never decomposed. Thank you so much for sharing. Voted up, marked awesome, beautiful and shared.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, debbie, wow that must have been amazing! thanks so much for reading it and I am glad it brought back memories, cheers nell

      Hi, kim, I also didn't know certain things about her, but she just fascinated me, and thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it, nell

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      Kim Harris 7 years ago

      Nell, I chose Bernadette as my confirmation name - about 40 yrs ago. Obviously I was moved by the story of Bernadette at that time, but I think this is the first time I read about some of the details of the story. Thanks so much for the time you took to put this together. What an excellent hub.

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      debbiesdailyviews 7 years ago

      Hi nell.. I have been to Lourdes, and have been on the pilgrimage following the whole lifes journey of st Burnadette.

      You have written this beautifuly, and brought back total replay for me. I can't say memories, as this will always stay within mine.

      I enjoyed this immensely.

      Thank you so much for posting this : }

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, schoolgirl, I remember the Fatima story from years ago, but I will definitely come over and read it again as I have forgotten most of it, thanks so much nell

      Hi, Anaya, thanks for reading it, it's funny how we remember someone in the family doing something, but we never think to ask why, thanks so much, nell

      Hi, Phyllis, I know what you mean, I remember seeing the story on a saturday or sunday afternoon, and now they have taken off all the good films, thanks so much nell

      Hi, Martie, I know what you mean, it seems that everything these days has to be answered by science, sometimes it is just right to leave it alone and love it for what it is, thanks nell

      Hi, Laura, thanks for stopping by, cheers nell

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      Laura Deibel 7 years ago from Aurora

      Interesting story, thanks!

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      She was beautiful was she not? When I read a book about this many years ago I was in awe, and I am still in spite of all the negative opinions about this. There are too many things in heaven and on earth we are not able to understand – like this Miracle Of Lourdes. We should accept the truth it exposes to us, and merely ignore what we are not able to accept. I don’t like people who try to convince others that their interpretation of a miracle like this is the only truth on this earth.

      Thank you so much, Nell Rose, for refreshing my memory regarding this. This hub of yours is definitely bookmarked and voted UP and UP.

      And wow! Congratulations with your hubber score of 100.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 7 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Nell, this is such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for writing it. It is very inspiring and endearing. I remember watching the movie so many times when I was younger and never got tired of the beauty of the story. When it was no longer shown on TV I was so sad. Thank you for bringing it back.

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      Anaya M. Baker 7 years ago from North Carolina

      I never knew the story of Lourdes, though my Grannie used to travel there every year. Cheers!

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      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Nell

      This is a beautiful factual story. Have you heard of the apparitions in Fatima, Portugal in 1917? I have a hub on that. I'm really glad you chose to write about this.

      These are the kinds of facts that always inspired me from a young age to want to do God's will and be good. Such striking examples of piety-are the saints. Some of my fav saints are: John Vianney, Therese of the Child Jesus, Dymphna, Maria Goretti etc.

      She looks so beautiful in the pictures, incorrupt. This is an honor God bestows on certain saints.

      Thankyou for writing this, It's good to spread around the story.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, poet, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, I remember the film, I think it was made way back in the fifties, it used to be shown all the time a few years ago, but I totally understand why you wouldn't have known about her, it seems these days they never show this sort of thing any more, but it is a great and intriguing story, thanks again nell

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What a beautiful hub for such a remarkable woman. This was most intriguing and well written. You wrote it so well I could see what she went through in my head. Thanks for introducing me to a new (to me) historical figure.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, sheila, I had forgotten about this story, until I suddenly saw a reference to her and thought, there you go! thanks so much nell

      Hi, Audrey, it certainly is a strange story, it was funny how she found the water, and it is supposed to be a healing water, whether it is real or psychological, it doesn't matter as long as it works, thanks again nell

      Hi, CMHypno, I never went at school but I think a few of the others did, I bet that was a bit of a shock sitting in the freezing water! lol thanks nell

      Hi, Sa'ge, thanks as always for reading it, and I will come and dance with you, cheers nell

      Hi, cameciob, I tend to be skeptical about these sort of things, but for the life of me, I can't see how this could be fake or psychological, so that's why it is so amazing, thank you so much nell

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      cameciob 7 years ago

      I do believe in miracles and this story seems like a miracle for me. The article is great and the pictures are unbelievable. great job!

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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      I have read, heard ans seen and now I read your story and it is most beautiful. Thank you for doing this story of Saint Bernadette. :D Hugs and love :D I must dance for you!

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I went to Lourdes as a teenager with the school (convent!), and it is a pretty town in the Pyrenees. The one thing that they don't tell you is how cold that water is - straight off the mountain and you have to sit straight down in it!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Beautifully done, Nell - truly an amazing story about an amazing woman. I've always wanted to know more about why the waters are so famous for healing!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      This is a story I hadn't heard, so I really enjoyed reading it.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, SilentReed, you are so right, this was an amazing story, and I haven't seen it for a long time. I just came across a little bit of it, and got caught up in the whole thing again! thanks again nell

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      I have read and seen the story of St. Bernadette many times and it is alway heart-warming. Life itself is a miracle. But we sometimes need "miracles" to remind us of God's Glory.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Tina, thanks for coming over, I haven't seen the film for years, now I really want to get it! thanks as always nell

      Hi, prasetio, thanks for reading it, it is a fascinating story, and we will never know exactly what happened, but I do believe she saw something, especially because she didn't burn her hand, and she produced the water, I am glad you liked it, take care as always nell

      Hi, Enlydia, thanks so much, I always try and put some nice photos or pictures up, I think it helps to let the story sink in better, and I was amazed at how well I could add the photos to the right bits of the story, thanks again nell

      Hi, Lyjo, thank you for your lovely words, I really appreciate you reading it, thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Hello Hello, I never realised that she was one of these either! I actually was going to write about the incorruptibles first, then I thought I would write about Bernadette! Then it all came together, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Christopher, thanks for reading it, I am glad you enjoyed it, it is a lovely story, and I had totally forgotten about it, and then when I was researching it, it took me about a week to write because I was so wrapped up in the whole story! lol got there in the end! cheers nell

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      lyjo 7 years ago

      Bless you! You are a very special lady yourself! Take really good care!

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      Enlydia Listener 7 years ago from trailer in the country

      I really enjoyed this article...the pictures are amazing.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is beautiful. Thank you very much. Although I am Muslim. But I see this as a knowledge and I really learn from you. You also have amazing pictures. Thanks for share with us. God bless you!

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      I have always loved this story. i was real young the first time I saw the movie and still watch the movie everytime it comes on.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, xiaoshu, I appreciate you commenting, but I am not sure why you comment about something that is not written! nell

      Hi, Petra, thanks so much, I just got the urge to write about her, I do this sometimes! ha ha I want to do a serious hub compared to my others that I put in the middle! I must have been in a serious mood! lol but thanks so much, I really appreciate you reading it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Ign Andy, thanks for being so quick! I love this story, and I was trying to find something like this, when all of a sudden I realised that I didn't know that much about Bernadette, so that's what I love about writing on here, you get to learn at the same time! I hope you get to visit some day, what a great place! thanks so much nell

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      One thing I learned from you brilliantly written hub is that Bernadette's body wasn't decomposed. I never knew that. Thank for a great read.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Thank you Nell for a really beautiful retelling of a truly amazing, and heartwarming story, and for the beautiful pictures.

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is a beautiful story - that I knew for the most part - but when it is told by you, it is twice as beautiful. Thank you Nell

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      xiaoshu 7 years ago

      We always convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, than another. Then we are frustrated that the kids are not old enough and well be more content when they are. After that were frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We always tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together. When we get a nice a car, and are able to go on a nice vocation when we retire. The truth is, there's no better time than right now. if not now, when? Our life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to ourselves and decide to be happy anyway.

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      Ign Andy 7 years ago from Green Home Office

      Really really great hub, I read and heard this story many times and always fascinate me. I hope one day can visit Lourdes with my family.