Today we celebrate Saint Bernadette Soubirous

Published : 04/16/2021 11:20:00
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Today we celebrate Saint Bernadette Soubirous

On the occasion of the celebration of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, we propose the reading of a book dedicated to her strong spirituality written by François Vayne to retrace her life and her message of holiness.

"Vedere l’invisibile. La vita e la spiritualità di S. Bernadette Soubirous" is a book published in 2020, in the Inspirations series, with a preface by Monsignor Antoine Hérouard, Bishop and Apostolic Delegate for the Sanctuary of Lourdes.

The journalist François Vayne, who now lives and works in Rome as director of communications for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, spent 26 years in the French town of Lourdes (1987-2013) where he was director of the "Lourdes Magazine" and of communications for the International Sanctuary. His profound knowledge of Bernadette, of the story and the content of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1858 is contained in these pages, which were created with the aim of allowing the reader to enter into their profound meaning.

Monsignor Antoine Hérouard writes in the Preface: "in the pedagogical and chronological articulation of the chapters, the text is not intended to be merely the account of a life, of an event out of the ordinary and its consequences, but as readers, it puts us directly in touch with the life of the Saint: how does what Bernadette experienced question us in our journey of faith? To illuminate this quest, the author introduces many quotations from Pope Francis addressed to young people in his exhortation Christus vivit, a sort of invitation to look to Bernadette's example for the elements to answer our questions today about the journey of faith or vocation" (p. 8-9).

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