January 7, 1844
April 16, 1879
June 14, 1925
December 8, 1933
February 18 (In France)
Patron Saint of:
Bodily illness, Lourdes France, and
A Prayer to Saint Bernadette
St Bernadette, little shepherdess of Lourdes
Favored with eighteen apparitions
Of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and with
The privilege of lovingly conversing with her,
Now that you are eternally enjoying the
Entrancing beauty of the Immaculate Mother of God,
Do not forsake e your devoted client,
Who am still in the valley of tears.
Intercede for me that I too,
May walk the simple paths of faith.
Help me to imitate your example,
At our heavenly Queens request,
By saying the Rosary daily
And by doing penance for sinners.
Teach me to imitate your wonderful devotedness to God
And Our Lady the Immaculate Conception
So that like you, I may be blessed
With the grace of lasting faithfulness
And enjoy the happiness in heaven
Of the eternal vision of God the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit.
Prayer by St. Bernadette
in Times of Affliction
O my God, I beg You, by Your loneliness,
not that You may spare me affliction,
but that You may not abandon me in it.
When I encounter affliction, teach me
to see You in it as my sole Comforter.
Let affliction strengthen my faith,
fortify my hope, and purify my love.
Grant me the grace to see
Your Hand in my affliction,
and to desire no other comforter but You.