February 11; Our Lady of Lourdes

Count on our friend Fr. James Martin for the goods:

If you’re in a listening, not watching, mood you can check out my podcast about the Immaculate Conception which also covers the story of Bernadette Soubirous and Lourdes.

Here, you can read the whole chapter on Bernadette from My Life With the Saints.

A look at Bernadette Soubirous

The 67 “official” Miracles of Lourdes
Some images of the processions
Deacon’s Bench
Catholic Passion

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Manny L.

    Goodness gracious, your podcast was brilliant. I am so blessed to have found your blog. I have to say I’m hooked.

    As to your podcast, your phrase “from the still point of nothing” echoes T.S. Eliot’s The four Quartets:”
    “At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
    Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
    But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
    Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
    Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
    There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
    I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
    And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.”

    And your “return, the way back to where we started”, Eliot too picks up on that:
    “We must be still and still moving
    Into another intensity
    For a further union, a deeper communion
    Through the dark cold and the empty desolation,
    The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
    Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.”

    Are you familiar with T.S. Eliot and The Four Quartets? I have been trying to absorb that great poem for years, and I think your podcast just openned it up for me. I think that’s where Eliot is coming from. Thanks a million!

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    I’m . . . annoyed really isn’t the right word, but I have great affection for St. Bernadette, and I’ve been so busy with work and snow stuff that I haven’t been able to spend any time on her at all today.

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  • Bob Devine

    I just listened to your podcast. It is the first time I have ever listened to one and I found it very soothing and easy to understand. Thank you. I look forward to the next one.

  • http://victor-undergo.blogspot.com/ Victor

    If we have “Faith that truly comes from God and/or His Family” no explanation is ever necessary to convince, but if “faith” truly does not come from God then no amount of explanation could ever satify.

    Please continue to pray for sinner vic cause he’s a part of my “Faith” whether me, myself, i, my spirit and/or soul care to accept “IT”.

    God Bless,