SAINT BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS
Feast day: 16th April House charity : Harbour Place
Bernadeta Sobirós was born in Lourdes, France, on January 7th, 1844, the first born daughter of Francis and Louise Soubirous. She was a severe asthma sufferer and lived in abject poverty. On February 11th, 1858, she was granted a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a cave on the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. She was placed in considerable jeopardy when she reported the vision, and crowds gathered when she had further visits from the Virgin, from February 18th of that year through to March 4th. The civil authorities tried to frighten Bernadette into recanting her accounts, but she remained faithful to the vision. On February 25, a spring emerged from the cave and the waters were discovered to be of a miraculous nature, capable of healing the sick and lame.
We can look to Saint Bernadette as inspiration for persevering in our own lives. She never gave up and this shows what a great role model she is to all. Saint Bernadette, who suffered as we do, can help each one of us to focus on Christ, to pray when we fall, and ask for the strength and grace to make it. She put other people first and that’s what we tried to do through the Year of Mercy and now as we try to have ‘A heart which sees’.