I have been researching the life of St Bernadette for a couple of weeks now. We decided to research the saint of our choice because we are reading the novel ‘Millions’ written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is about a little boy that is really interested in saints and God. I’ve decided that I am going to talk about St. Bernadette because I found her very special.
Bernadette Soubirous was her real name. She lived in a family of 6 and was the oldest child. She was born in France on June 7th in Lourdes.
After her dad was released from jail for stealing, she lived in poverty and spent her life living in an old prison cell.
On 11thFebruary 1858 Bernadette had her first vision. She described this vision as ‘ just a beautiful lady ‘. She had 18 visions in total One of her visions was when she spotted Our Lady whilst searching for firewood with her sister and friend.
After she decided to tell people about her visions, she suffered from criticism and disbelief because no one believed her and thought she was only looking for attention.
Bernadette was beatified in 1925 and was canonised in 1933 by Pope Pius XI, not so much for her visions, but more for the holiness she showed through-out her life. She is the patron saint of sick people and also of families and poverty.