SAINT BERNADETTE TEACHES US TO EMBRACE SUFFERING


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Dear Saint Bernadette, chosen by Almighty God as a channel of his graces and blessings, and through your humble obedience to the requests of The Immaculate Conception, you gained for the world the miraculous waters of spiritual and physical healing.

I implore you to listen to my pleading prayers that I may be healed of my spiritual and physical imperfections. Place my petition in the hands of The Immaculate Conception, so that she may place them at the feet of her beloved son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that he may look on us with mercy and compassion: (STATE REQUEST)

Help me, O dear Saint Bernadette, to follow your example, so that irrespective of my own pain and suffering I may always be mindful of the needs of others, especially those whose sufferings are greater than ours. As we await the mercy of God, remind me to offer up my pain and suffering for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins and blasphemies of mankind.

Pray for me, Saint Bernadette, that like you, I may always be obedient to the will of my Heavenly Father, and that through our prayers and humility I may bring consolation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Conception that have been so grievously wounded by my sins.

Holy Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, pray for me.

Amen.

Like St Bernadette, we too can offer life's trials for the redemption of the world

The unhappy life of St Bernadette Soubirous. She grew up in grinding poverty, as her father lost the family business and her mother was forced to do laundry for wealthier families. Bernadette was sent away to live with another family at 13 to be an errand girl and look after sheep.

A reoccurring trial was that others treated Bernadette as though she was slow and stupid. It hurt her that she had not made her First Holy Communion when she was 14 because she had been dismissed as too dim to learn the catechism. 

On one occasion during the 1858 apparitions, Our Lady confirmed to Bernadette that her life would be scarred with suffering, saying, “I cannot promise to make you happy in this world, only in the next.” On the 21st of February 1858, Our Lady explained to Bernadette her role in life, “you will pray to God for sinners.”

Bernadette willingly accepted her place as a suffering soul. Without making a prideful fuss, she dedicated herself to prayer and offering her many sufferings to make up for the sins of others. When she entered religious life, she was treated unfairly and severely by one Sr Vauzous.

It is thought that Sr Vauzous was jealous of the Bernadette and didn’t think that a girl from such a lowly background was deserving of having colloquies with our Blessed Mother. Bernadette did not protest against Sr Vauzous, instead she accepted it as part of her duty in life to proffer her sufferings to the Lord as a form of expiation for the sins of others.

Bernadette had always been sickly, but in her final years, she developed a tumour in her knee which was excruciatingly painful. If she moved her leg in her sleep, it caused her to cry out in agony. Again, Bernadette took this as part of her vocation, which was devoted to making atonement for the sins of others. Sins that little Bernadette did not commit. 

source:Catholic Herald .co.uk

photo: the BVM Statue at the parish church that St. Bernadette prayed to in her hometown Lourdes, which she said most resembled her apparitions of Our Lady.

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