Oil Dedicated to St Bernadette (Patron for the Sick)
Oil Dedicated to St Bernadette (Patron for the Sick) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, born on January 7, 1844, in Lourdes, France, is revered as a symbol of faith, humility, and devotion to the sick and suffering. Her life, marked by miraculous visions and a profound connection to the Blessed Virgin Mary, has left an enduring legacy as the Patron Saint for the Sick.
Bernadette’s early life was humble and marked by poverty. Her family lived in a small, dilapidated millhouse, and she struggled with poor health throughout her childhood. It was in this modest setting that she experienced a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary, beginning on February 11, 1858, at the grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes. Over the course of 18 visits, the Lady, whom Bernadette called “Aquero,” revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception.
These visions captivated not only Bernadette but also the entire town. Despite skepticism and scrutiny from both civil and ecclesiastical authorities, Bernadette remained steadfast in her testimony. Her humble nature and unwavering faith in the face of adversity endeared her to many, and her descriptions of the miraculous spring that emerged from the grotto led to countless miraculous healings.
After the apparitions ceased, Bernadette faced a life of hardship and illness. She joined the Sisters of Charity at Nevers, taking the name Sister Marie-Bernard. In the convent, she lived a life of simplicity, prayer, and service to the sick and suffering. Her life marked by suffering from various ailments, but she bore her illnesses with grace and patience.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous passed away on April 16, 1879, at the age of 35. Her body remains incorrupt and enshrined at the Chapel of Saint Bernadette in Nevers, France. She canonized as a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1933.