February 18

Saint-Bernadette-of-Lourdes.jpgGracious God, the incorruptible body of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, though she died in 1858, remains undeteriorated,  a testament to her holiness and Your desire to protect our bodies from destruction.  Because of her compassion, which she learned from life-long sicknesses and mistreatments, I ask her to intercede for all the people I know who have illnesses and diseases, all those who have asked me to pray for them as they hope for healing, and my own need to be healthy.  Lord God, help us to grow in holiness so that our souls are purified and our bodies may testify to Your loving goodness.  Saint Bernadette, pray for us.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint Bernadette of Lourdes

Nothing is anything more to me; everything is nothing to me, but Jesus: neither things nor persons, neither ideas nor emotions, neither honor nor sufferings. Jesus is for me honor, delight, heart and soul. >>

I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining. I work, I suffer, and I love with no other witness than His heart. Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do His will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend, for here below, Love without suffering does not exist. >>

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