ST. BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS By Abbé François Trochu
By far the best book on St. Bernadette and Lourdes. Beautifully illustrated with 69 photographs, including lovely photos
of St. Bernadette's incorrupt body (she died in 1879). St. Bernadette will steal your heart!
Pilgrimages of Europe - Lourdes and Les Saintes Maries De La Mer, France
The story of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes has been recorded in detail in handwritten documents. In the
middle of the 1800s Lourdes was an obscure village in the south of France at the foot of the Pyrenees. The Soubirous family
was reduced to poverty, when Monsieur Soubirous lost his job due to an accident at the water mill in which he lost an eye.
The eldest child, Bernadette, was often sent to collect wood. On an icy day in February 1858, she saw a vision of a white
lady in a grotto by the river. During the last of 18 apparitions, the lady revealed her identity, calling herself the immaculate
Conception. Each year, especially during the summer, special trains leave various European countries bound for Lourdes. Pilgrimage
committees on a non-profit basis organize the trips. Lourdes has become the major pilgrimage center for the sick and infirm.
Pilgrims make the journey with large groups of bedridden patients and the disabled. Helpers accompany them, including doctors
and nurses, all volunteers. All day long a steady stream of tourists visit the site in the grotto where Mary appeared. Many
people feel that drinking the water or bathing in it does them good Many have been cured.