Friday, February 11, 2011

Bernadette

She was sick for most of her life. The best home her father could provide was a hovel. She was a peasant girl with hardly any education. She spoke a dialect instead of proper French. Her own mother doubted her at first. She was persecuted by an unbelieving bitter nun. She suffered horribly before her death. She counted this all as nothing because she saw the Queen of Heaven. This little French maiden obeyed, overcame and rose to great hights of holiness. She is a saint in Heaven.

St. Bernadette, pray for us.

2 comments:

Saint Michael Come To Our Defense said...

When another sister accused her of being lazy, she said that her “job” was “to be ill” and to offer her suffering for poor sinners.

God writes straight with crooked lines.

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Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I liked the readings from her biography in Le Barroux.

In Sainte Madeleine du Barroux, each midday meal, a reader is giving a reading from an approved book (sometimes with omissions for time span or doctrinal level) during the meal. Until Father Abbot gently knocks table and reader says "tu autem Domine, miserere nobis".

Next day the reading continues where he left off.

One was from St Bernadette's biography and tells of how she was awkward as a nun, one was from chapter "la bombe" in autobiography of Rev Bryan Houghton.