Eternally in My Heart

Eternally in My Heart
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

12 Days of Mary: Our Lady of Lourdes

Startled and fearful,
the girl child views a lady,
so stunningly beautiful that Bernadette
dare not speak.
She kneels and her arm is paralyzed
when she attempts to do the Sign of the Cross.
Eighteen times in all, Bernadette is blessed
with apparitions of Our Lady.
Now the girl child's name
is known world-wide by believers.

When I was confirmed, I took Bernadette's name for my Confirmation name.  I chose it because of her unbroken faith that she saw Our Lady. Even when no one believed her and she was poorly treated
by her priest and village, she continued to trust
what she had experienced.
Such faith is what I strive for daily.
Bernadette's story can be read here.

View other heart-felt images and stories at
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gma said...

I do so love the story and song of Bernadette.
Sharing love and light with you this morning.

Priti.Lisa said...

I have a soft place in my heart for St. Bernadette...I worshiped her when I was little, her life seemed impossibly daring...she was such a brave little hero, I wanted to be just like her♥

Delphyne said...

Bernadette's story is the story of those of us who continue to believe and trust our experience in spite of others who may ridicule. Thank you for sharing this with us, Norma!

Hettienne said...

I am not Catholic and I did not know that you take a spiritual name on confirmation! What a beautiful tradition! I visited Lourdes last year and stayed for a few days - it was beyond anything that I could have imagined!! Her Presence is tangible at the grotto and the loving works of her devotees are to be seen everywhere in Lourdes

Norma Ruttan said...

exactly how I felt even though I was in my mid 20s! She had such courage.

Norma Ruttan said...

what a blessing she must be, then, for everyone who is fortunate to visit there!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful post and holy card ~ love the image and your story ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ aka ~ 'artmusedog' ^_^

Meri said...

Bernadette's trust and faith is something to emulate.

rebecca said...

i remember summer and friends waiting outside...but i was spell bound watching the black and white film the song of bernadette and could not be torn away from her!

she inspires to this day!

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

You and Hetienne were on the same wavelength today. I always love being reminded of this story.

Dawn Elliott said...

I so enjoyed reading about Bernadette's life and her apparitions leading to sainthood. I have a wooden statue of Our Lady of Lourdes standing right here on my desk, yet I never really know anything about her until now. And it seems that we share our birthdays...what fun!

Annie said...

Her faithfulness is an example for us all. Such strength!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Isn't it amazing that Mary comes to us when, where, and how we need her to come!

Mary of the Tombs

lulu moonwood murakami said...

I have always loved the story of Bernadette. Remember the movie with Jennifer Jones? So lovely. It made me so happy when we joined the parish Our Lady of Lourdes in Northridge, Ca. I would so love to visit the real Lourdes some day. Thank you for sharing this.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Bernadette's story is beautiful and Lourdes is such a magical place,I wonder if it was so before her vision.
Have a lovely day,

lulu moonwood murakami said...

Hi Norma - Actually I saw the movie when I was a kid on one of the local Los Angeles stations - way before cable!