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St. Bernadette Soubirous: 1844-1879 [Paperback]

By Francois Trochu & John Joyce (Translator)
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Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.46" Height: 1.31"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2009
Publisher   Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN  0895552531  
EAN  9780895552532  

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By far the best book on St. Beradette and Lourdes, with 69 photographs, including lovely photos of St. Bernadette's incorrupt body (she died in 1879). Covers her family background, the apparitions, the Church's investigation, miracles, the devil's counterfieit apparitions, Bernadette's life in the convent, canonization, the miraculous spring, etc. This is the best written Saint's life we have ever read. Great!

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Saint Bernadette Soubirous Saint Bernadette Soubirous is a two-fold story: that of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France in 1858, as well as of the 14-year-old peasant girl - raised in dire poverty and unable to read - to whom Our Lady appeared. But more, it is also the story of St. Bernadette's hidden life as a seemingly ordinary nun in her convent at Nevers, where she reached such holiness that after her death, God saw fit to preserve her body incorrupt - as it remains to this day (See the inset.) Beautifully set forth in this book are St. Bernadette's childhood and life at home, her character - honest, intelligent and straightforward - her description of Our Lady, the events surrounding the 18 apparitions, the opposition of the civil authorities, and the shrine and miraculous spring at Lourdes. Also described is Bernadette's life in the convent, where she suffered martyrdom in body and in soul. The Blessed Mother told the 14-year-old Bernadette: "I do not promise to make you happy in this world, but in the next." Our Lady's promise was fulfilled on April 16, 1879, when Bernadette died at the age of only 35. In death she looked young and beautiful, despite the ravages of the illness she had suffered, and when her body was exhumed 30 years later, it still showed no trace of corruption. Drawing upon a wealth of fascinating information compiled during the lifetime of the Saint, and quoting the actual words of Bernadette, of her family members and friends, of her fellow sisters, and of the priests and bishops of Lourdes, the Abbe Trochu has presented not only an authentic account, but a most inspiring one as well. His work is a masterpiece in saintly biography, the equal of which is only rarely encountered. To read this book is to witness the unfolding of the glorious story of Lourdes, with Our Lady's declaration: "I am the Immaculate Conception," followed by the countless healings at the famous grotto, Massabielle, which have continued to our very days; as well as to see St. Bernadette as a young girl at the time of the apparitions, in her hidden years of struggle and faithfulness, and in the magnificent glory of sainthood at her canonization. Without a doubt, this is the finest book ever written about Lourdes and its sainted and beloved visionary, St. Bernadette Soubirous.

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More About Francois Trochu & John Joyce

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Abbe Francois Trochu is the author of the biographies The Cure d'Ars: St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney and St. Bernadette Soubirous. His work on the Cure d'Ars was originally published in 1927 by Burns, Oates and Washbourne. In this definitive biography, Abbe Trochu compiled a great number of extraordinary facts about the saint, based on his life and vocation. It was written using the records and documents of the Church as a guide and presents a vivid and accurate picture of one of the most beloved saints of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Best book on the subject in English  Feb 17, 2008
All Catholics, I suppose, have heard of Lourdes and may know something about it. But generally they probably know very little. If they know English only and have not read this book, then they may not know as much as it would benefit them to know. Translated from French, this is the best book available in English on the subject, as far as I know. The subject is not one that can go out of date.
Great book on St. Bernadette  Feb 22, 2007
I loved this book. It was written so well that you actually get a good idea of the personality and life of the saint. Most books written on the saints omit the little things that aren't deemd "saintly", but this author did a good job at getting at the personality of St. Bernadette while explaining her life as well.

Highly recommended.
Thorough but more sentimental than objective  Jan 11, 2003
This was a fine work written by an obviously devoted priest about the life of the enigmatic Bernadette. He covers all of the bases, from birth to beatification, but tends to downplay the realism of her family's moral falures and flaws. The generally-held notion that Bernadette's parents were a bit on the drunken-but-lovable side does not detract from Bernadette's grace and bearing. In fact, for me, it makes Bernadette and her experience shine ever the more brightly. But, this book was written long ago, when unsavory realities were far more "brushed under the table" than they are in this day, even in biographies. What saves the book from being a devotional piece is the attention to detail and loads of great quotes and information. The book is almost worth it just for the photos of Bernadette alone. I don't believe you can judge a person by their appearance, for the good or for the bad, but if Bernadette Soubirous' face doesn't transmit an underlying, supernatural graciousness, then no face on this earth ever has done so. All in all, a fine "life's work" that this good priest should now be proud heaven with his beloved Bernadette.
Thorough and engaging  Mar 8, 2002
The problem with being a noted visionary is that one may be so associated with the related devotion that little of one's own "true life" story is explored. Trochu's work is a treat for those who wish to know the true Bernadette - not merely the holy card image.

Trochu's biography is extensive, engaging, and honest. He lets the reader see Bernadette's genuine faith and devotion (and struggles, with community and hierarchy), without descending into hagiography. It is a fascinating, very "fleshed out" picture, dispelling myths (such as the "happy shepherdess"), and giving one a thorough picture of Bernadette's strong, simple personality, tenacity, and family and religious life.

Saint Bernadette Soubirous is a MUST read and MUST have  Feb 27, 2000
Finally after many years I have had the wonderful fortune of spending time with the Blessed St. Bernadette. This 'ignorant' miller's daughter suffered so much in the flesh and was so persecuted at first for her strong faith by the older more educated people who just didn't understand that the reason the Blessed Mother would appear to her, a mere uneducated child, was because Mary herself was a pure simple girl also. To read about Bernadette is to live and walk in her path of holiness. This is by far the best account I have found of her life and the events that happened at Lourdes. This book is truly a blessing for those that believe in the communion of saints. May we all find inspiration in the life of Bernadette to lead a life of prayer and penance, penance, penance.

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