Saint Bernadette

Saint Bernadette

Patron of peace, conflict, and resolution
Feast Day: June 11

Bernadette’s story took place long ago! Bernadette was a young girl who worked in the fields near Lourdes, France corralling animals as a shepherdess. One day she was out gathering sticks and wood to be used to make a fire when the Virgin Mary appeared to her with a Rosary, and reciting a version of her now well known prayer, “Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee, Blessed are Thou among Women and Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us Sinners, Now and at the Hour of our Death.” Mother Mary continued to appear to Bernadette many times and she helped Bernadette locate a hidden spring of water in Lourdes. Millions have made pilgrimages to the area and many comforts have been received due to the aura of the land and its effervescent springs. Bernadette is a venerable and popularly iconic saint. Her story has been translated into a number of books and a film about her, “The Song of Bernadette” is said to be one of the best stories ever told on the screen. © 2006

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