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Published on Nov 9, 2011
February 11: Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes April 16: Feast Day of St. Bernadette
Soeur Marie-Bernarde (Ste. Bernadette Soubirous):
["...I want to stay poor."
On the question by the Police Commissioner on whether Aquero is as beautiful as Mme. Pailhasson: "They don't even come close."
"I don't think I've cured anyone whatsoever, and besides I haven't done anything for that reason."
"Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me, a poor sinner."
"They think I'm a saint... When I'm dead, they'll come and touch holy pictures and rosaries to me, and all the while I'll be getting broiled on a grill in purgatory. At least promise me you'll pray a lot for the repose of my soul."]
The Little Flower (Ste. Therese) made HUMILITY the basis of her Way of the Spiritual Childhood. For her, humility means TRUTH as it puts us in our true condition, in our right place before God. To be spiritually little is to be humble and to do this, according to her we have to: "to acknowledge our own nothingness, to await everything from the Lord, to refuse to attribute to ourselves the virtues we practice, to believe we are incapable of doing something good." Otherwise stated, to be humble is to see ourselves as poor, powerful, pitiful.
St. Bernadette's combined innocence and humility is one perfect illustration of this, making her one of my most admired and beloved saints. Up until this very day or exactly 132 years after her death, St. Bernadette's body remains incorrupt. GOD is indeed GREAT; for He makes the poor, profuse and the lowly, lofty.
Luke 18.14: "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."