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 Saint Bernadette Soubirous Story and Her Life of Hardship and Sacrifice 

On January the 7th 1844 Bernadette Soubirous was born, her mother named Louise Casterot and father Francois Soubirious.  On the 9th of January Bernadette gets Baptized Marie Bernarde.

November 1844

Bernadette was sent away to be fostered, Bernadettes mother could no longer produce milk. Bernadette was fostered by Maria Lagues, who fostered her child and was still able to Brest feed.

April 1846

Bernadette returns to Lourdes (Boly Mill) ready to be weaned. Bernadette had a very loving family and enjoyed playing with her sister Toinette. She remains in the Boly mill until June 1854 when they moved to Laborde house due to financial hardship.

Autumn 1855

Cholera brakes out in Lourdes, Bernadette is 11 years l, and unfortunately become ill with Cholera, she survives Cholera but develops Asthma and the complicated by tuberculosis of the bone, affecting her legs which lead to her death at 35.

November 1856

Louise mother dies of Cholera and she inherits 900 franks, a good amount n those days. Francois invests everything in Sarrabeyr house mill hoping to improve his families file. Unfortunately their misfortune never ceases and it turns in to a failure. Francois loses everything and they return back to Lourdes. Their family destitute they find shelter at the Cachot an disused dungeon room which his cousin let m use. Bernadettes family hits rock bottom

September 1857

Marie Lagues, hires Bernadette as a shepherdess and a domestic worker and to look after a tow year old Jean she moves to Bartres and finds life heard. it was a period of very hard work and solitude, humiliation and tears 

January 21,1858

Bernadette sends a pleading message to her parents "beg them to fetch me as soon as possible" she returns home on the 21st of January to poverty and the dungeon like Cachot. But is happy to be back in family life.

February 11 1858

This is the date of the first apparition, while collecting firewood with her sister, (for more information on the apparition please look a the apparitions information page.

June 3, 1858

Is the feast day of Courpus Christ and Bernadette receives her first Holy Communion in the chapel of Lourdes Hospice where she is being treated for asthma and Tuberculosis. Bernadette is 14 years old

15th July 1860

Bernadette is back in the hospice of Lourdes dur to another asthma attack. Bernadette remains in the hospice for 6 years until she departs for the convent in nerves.

19th My 1866

The construction of the Chapel requested by Our Lady to Bernadette begins which postpones Bernadettes departure to Nervers

3rd July 1866

Bernadette becomes a nun and joins the sisters of charity in Nervers. Before leaving dressed as a nun she secretly visits the grotto for the very last time

7th July 1866

Bernadette enters the convent of Saint Gildard, but finds it difficult to settle in. She meets with resistance and humiliation both on the part of the nuns and the Mother Mistress, Sister M.Therese Vauzou

28th March 1878

Bernadette is ill and suffering once again while she lies on her sick bed struggling to breath and to comprehend why she has to suffer so much. Bernadette tells sister Lentine " I am ground like a grain wheat"

16th April 1876 The Death of Bernadette

Stretched out in an armchair ti aid breathing, she slips away and dies at 3.pm. Asthma and tuberculosis of the bones of her legs have wasted her away at 35. In one day she summerizes her whole life and mission on a piece of paper.

"To obey is to love! to suffer in silence for christ id joy! to love sincerely is to give everything, even grief"

8th December 1933

Pope Pius proclaims Bernadette a Saint. saint Bernadettes body today remains in a perfect state intact and covered by a thin layer of was for preservation. Her body rests inside a bronze crystal casket

Saint Bernadettes Life Story

An extract from the private notes of Saint Bernadette:

O Jesus and Mary, let my entire consolation in this world be to love you and to suffer for sinners. O Jesus, I would rather die a thousand deaths than be unfaithful to you!


I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining. I work, I suffer and I love with no other witness than his heart. Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do his will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend, for here below, Love without suffering does not exist.


I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them. O my Mother, to you I sacrifice all other attachments so that my heart may belong entirely to you and to my Jesus.


I shall do everything for Heaven, my true home. There I shall find my Mother in all the splendor of her glory. I shall delight with her in the joy of Jesus himself in perfect safety.


From this moment on, anything concerning me is no longer of any interest to me. I must belong entirely to God and God alone, never to myself.


Love overcomes, love delights. Those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice. 


Jesus, my God, I love you above all things.


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