Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Saint Mary Bernard Soubirous.
Feast Day 18 February.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes.
Date: Circa 1858.
Source: Weltwoche 8/08.
Bernadette Soubirous was born at Lourdes in 1844. Our Blessed Lady appeared eighteen times to her in The Grotto of Massabielle at the beginning of 1858 (Collect).
On 25 March 1858, The Blessed Virgin Mary said to her: "I am The Immaculate Conception", thereby confirming The Dogma officially proclaimed by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1854.
Leaving everything to purchase at such a price The Kingdom of Heaven (Gospel), she entered the Convent of The Sisters of Charity, at Nevers, France, in 1868. Here, she was given the name of Sister Mary Bernard, and died on 16 April 1879, after a hidden life of Prayer and Penance (Secret).
She was Canonised by Pope Pius XI on 8 December 1933 [Editor: The Feast Day of The Immaculate Conception]; in 1936, her Feast Day was ordered to be Celebrated by The Universal Church eight days after The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Mass: Vultum tuum.
Commemoration: In Lent of The Feria and of Saint Simeon.