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My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour,
because he hath seen with goodness the smallness of his servant; for behold from henceforth all generations shall
call me joyful, because the All powerful has made in me great things: His Name is Holy!

His mercy extends from generation to generation
over those who fear Him.
He has showed might in his arm:
He hath scattered the powerful in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent away empty.
Saint Luke 1: 47-50
"I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them."
*Saint Bernadette
The Evangelium is Announced to the Poor

"The virgin who in her canticle affirmed that God, her Savior 'beheld with goodness the smallness of her servant' (Luke 1: 47-48), has been pleased in looking for someone who would belong, like Her, to the most plain village, that neither attracts any attention and is taken into account.
Bernadette was always for remaining hidden in the world. Once the numerous interrogatories were completed, where with Saintly simplicity she disconcerted to most learned, she wanted to live in the truth of routine daily life with the realism of a peasant and the robust faith that took her to the overcoming of enormous difficulties and trials.
Her vocation of remaining hidden and a life offered for neighbour and the convent of the Daughters of Charity, was expressed best with these words: "I love the poor very much. I like to take care of the sick: I will stay with the sisters of Nevers. They have given me a sick person to take care of; when I find myself well, nobody takes care of him besides me."
God allowed that she be seen surrounded by incomprehension, since not even her (mother) superior believed in her sufferings nor in the truth of the apparitions.

A message of pure Gospel (Evangelium or Evangelization)
The messages of the Virgin of Lourdes, resonated in the middle of a century that saw a wave of secularization in the culture and society, in a country (France) that was at the vanguard of the project of expulsing God from all public life.
Through a humble peasant girl, the Lord has taught us the path of return. By the maternal lips of Mary, evangelical poverty and penitence, the prayer of the Holy Rosary is our ascension into the mysteries of our salvation, the plenitude of love for God above all and love for our neighbour, as for ourselves."
Excerpt from Homily of Monsegnor Antonio Marino, Bishop of Mar del Plata (Argentina), in the Solemnity of Our Lady of Lourdes, 75th anniversary of the Grotto of Lourdes, (Mar Del Plata, February 11, 2014)
Agencia Informativa Católica Argentína (AICA)
Say this Novena for nine days, or as a perpetual novena
Dear Saint Bernadette, chosen by Almighty God as a channel of His Graces and Blessings, and through your humble obedience to the requests of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, you gained for us the Miraculous waters of Spiritual and physical healing.

We implore you to listen to our pleading prayers that we may be healed of our Spiritual and physical imperfections.

Place our petitions in the Hands of our Holy Mother, Mary, so that She may place them at the feet of Her beloved Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, that He may look on us with mercy and compassion: (mention your petition)

Help, O dear Saint Bernadette to follow your example, so that irrespective of our own pain and suffering we may always be mindful of the needs of others, especially those whose sufferings are greater than ours.

As we await the Mercy of God, remind us to offer up our pain and suffering for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins and blasphemies of mankind.

Pray Saint Bernadette, that like you, we may always be obedient to the will of Our Heavenly Father, and that through our prayers and humility we may bring consolation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that have been so grievously wounded by our sins.Amen

Holy Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, pray for us.

Pray one Decade of the Holy Rosary
Memorare prayer

"O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee."
(Recite three times)
O God, protector and lover of the humble, You bestowed on your handmaid, Bernadette, the favor of the vision of Our Lady, the Immaculate Virgin Mary, and of speech with Her. Grant that we may deserve to behold You in Heaven.
Saint Bernadette through your intercession give me the grace of praying in the occasions of sin. Grant me a holy recollection, the grace of being aware of Mary’s holy presence, and the virtue of silence.

Grant me from God the holy virtue of spiritual and bodily purity; as well as purity of conscience through humble, frequent, and sincere confession, for the greater glory of God. Obtain for me a heroic faith along with a loving-filled confidence in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Intercede for me that I, too, may walk the simple paths of faith. Help me to imitate your example, at our heavenly Queen’s request, by saying the Rosary daily, praying for the conversion of souls and by doing penance for sinners.

God our Father, you give joy to the world by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the prayers of His Mother, the Virgin Mary, bring us to the happiness of eternal life. We ask this through Saint Bernadette and with the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen
Saint Bernadette by Manon Massari; 2013; https://images.fineartamerica.com
Prayer to the Immaculate Virgin of Lourdes
by Pope John Paul II
Under your protection we seek refuge, Immaculate Virgin of Lourdes, who present yourself to us as the perfect model of creation according to God’s original plan. To you we entrust the sick, the elderly, the lonely: soothe their pain, dry their tears and obtain for each one the strength they need to do God’s will.
May you support those who toil every day to alleviate the sufferings of their brethren! And help us all to grow in the knowledge of Christ, who by his death and Resurrection defeated the powers of evil and death. Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us
February 18 - Feast of Saint Marie Bernadette Soubirous - Offering our trials for the conversion of souls - Patroness of bodily ills, illness, poverty
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