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Soubirous was born on January 7th 1844. She was the first born child
in her poverty-stricken family. Because her family’s living condition was poor,
it caused her to live with bad health. At the age of ten, she began to suffer
from cholera and asthma. On February 11th
1858, Marie and two other young girls went to collect firewood near a grotto
where she seen light in the shape of a small woman. The visions were believed
to be Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. There are eighteen apparitions
of Virgin Mary to Bernadette. Amazing, during the ninth apparition, Virgin Mary
said to Bernadette, “Drink from the fountain and bathe in it.” When Bernadette
began to dig in the soil beneath her feet, it began to moisten and water rose
from the ground. The day after, the small pool of water had become a
stream. These apparitions had attracted
large crowds and many people began to follow Bernadette as if she were a
Our Lady of Lourdes
Marie Bernard Soubirous died on April 16, 1879. She
was buried as a saint on the convent grounds in Nevers, France. After thirty
years, on September 22, 1909, her body was dug up from her grave. When St.
Bernadette’s coffin was opened, there was no presence of an odor, and her body
looked the same as it was at the time of her death. Once again, her body was exhumed on April 3,
1919. It was looked the same as it did when they dug it up ten years earlier.
Her body was declared venerable. Her body was covered in wax and her body was
moved into a coffin made of glass and gold. Her body can be viewed today in the
Chapel of Saint Bernadette in Nevers, France.
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For Further Research:
If you are interested in further learning about
Saint Bernadette, the link listed, CATHOLIC ONLINE is a very helpful website. Search St. Bernadette Soubirous. This site list the
apparitions of Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette.