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St. Bernadette of Lourdes and Her Lessons on Suffering

April 16 is the feast day of St. Bernadette Soubirous.*

Saint Bernadette is best known for being the visionary of the Marian apparition at a grotto cave in Lourdes, France, on February 11, 1858. During the course of her short life (she died at the age of 35) Bernadette Soubirous received an astounding 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Her visions and the discovery of the healing waters of Lourdes has certainly been her lasting influence—hundreds of millions of people have visited the church and pilgrimage shrine at Lourdes, and multitudes have experienced miraculous cures of body and soul there.

Though often associated with healing, St. Bernadette has an important lesson to teach us about suffering.

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