St. Bernadette Soubirous

Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes

Book cover: 'Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes'
Copyright: 
1993
Publisher: 
CCC
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A sweet, fully animated, half hour movie for young children, about the apparitions of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette, in Lourdes France in the mid 1800s. The story is told from the point of view of a family with a crippled boy about to visit Lourdes, whose father explains why they are making the trip.

Perspective: 
Catholic
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30 minute video

Review Date: 
3-3-01
Reviewed by: 
Alicia Van Hecke

The Song of Bernadette

Book cover: 'The Song of Bernadette'
Copyright: 
1945
Publisher: 
20th Century Fox
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This is a beautiful, Academy Award winning movie depicting the apparitions of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette in Lourdes, France, in the mid-1800s. The depiction is accurate - based on the book of the same title by Franz Werfel - but also beautifully and powerfully produced. Jennifer Jones is the simple and unpretentious Bernadette, Vincent Price is a town magistrate who is skeptical of the apparitions and rather hostile to Bernadette. An excellent family film and one of the finest Hollywood films of a religious nature.

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black and white, 156 min

Review Date: 
3-3-01
Reviewed by: 
Alicia Van Hecke

Bernadette, Our Lady's Little Servant

Book cover: 'Bernadette, Our Lady's Little Servant'
Author(s): 
Hertha Pauli
Copyright: 
1956
Publisher: 
Ignatius Press
Series: 
Vision
Binding: 
Sewn Softcover
Number of pages: 
187 pages
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In the consistent style of the Vision Series of non-fiction Catholic stories for young people, the author presents a very engaging account of the important story of Our Lady's appearnces to Bernadette Soubirous - probably the poorest and simplest child in the small town of Lourdes, France. Bernadette's beautiful devotion is inspiring and her stubborn honesty is refreshing. More important, however, is Our Lady's message and her profound effect on those who come to her out of devotion and sometimes only curiosity. Many people who have visited the famous spring at Lourdes have experienced miraculous cures, but there are many more miracles that can be seen only within the human heart.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
11-16-99
Reviewed by: 
Alicia Van Hecke

Links of Interest

Excerpts from a Letter from St. Bernadette about the Apparitions

I had gone down one day with two other girls to the bank of the river Gave when suddenly I heard a kind of rustling sound. I turned my head toward the field by the side of the river but the trees seemed quite still and the noise was evidently not from them. Then I looked up and caught sight of the cave where I saw a lady wearing a lovely white dress with a bright belt. On top of each of her feet was a pale yellow rose, the same color as her rosary beads.

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena

Beautiful Photos from Lourdes

Prayers and Devotions for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Pope John Paul II Angelus Message on His Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 2004

Encyclical of Pope Pius XII Warning Against Materialism on the Centenary of the Apparitions at Lourdes

Clairity Daily: Our Lady's Place

Rock of Massabielle, Poem

Castle of the Immaculate: St. Bernadette and the Marian Vow

Pope Benedict XVI on the Message of Lourdes

"The message that the Madonna continues to spread at Lourdes recalls the words Jesus pronounced at the beginning of his public mission and that we hear again often during these days of Lent: 'Convert and believe in the Gospel,' pray and do penance."