Some Background Information
The pilgrimage of Lourdes is founded on the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to a poor, fourteen-year-old girl, Bernadette Soubiroux. The first apparition occurred 11 February, 1858. There were eighteen in all; the last took place 16 July, of the same year. Bernadette often fell into an ecstasy. The mysterious vision she saw in the hollow of the rock Massabielle was that of a young and beautiful lady. "Lovelier than I have ever seen" said the child. But the girl was the only one who saw the vision, although sometimes many stood there with her. Now and then the apparition spoke to the seer who also was the only one who heard the voice.
Hope the production company stocked up on Burkahs for the cast. Don't want to offend the natives.
She was to die twentyone years later in 1879 after a prolonged and painful illness. She remained hidden in a convent about 300 miles from home, a refuge from the interrogations and the pilgrims that never ceased seeking her. At thirtyfive, her strongwilled manner gave way to her frail body, and she finally entered into her eternal happiness.
While she took with her the knowledge of certain secrets the Virgin gave her, one secret remained hidden in our presence. The most spectacular of all the incorruptibles, Bernadette's miraculously preserved body remained buried in a damp grave for thirty years until the cause for beatification was taken up. To this day, the body of Bernadette is a profound source of inspiration and of mystery surrounding the ways of the Lord. The face of Bernadette is one of surreal beauty, and will remain for us always the face that gazed into the eyes of the Mother of God.
Bernadette in death, as she appeared in April 1879.
St. Bernadette of Lourdes today
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Lourdes. That sounds French.
I was lucky enough to make pilgrimmage to Lourdes in May of 2000. It was a deeply moving experience.
Testified to by doctors in each case. The evidence is entirely scientific.
Just to clarify since the article didn't mention it, but Saint Bernadette is buried in the chapel of her convent in Nevers, France. I remember visiting both Lourdes and Nevers when I was a young boy.
Looking forward to watching the series.