This figurine beautifully depicts Saint Bernadette of Lourdes praying the rosary while tending to her sheep. Marie Bernarde “Bernadette” Soubirous – in her native dialect of Occitan, Bernadeta Sobirós (1844-1879) – experienced 18 apparitions of Mary who revealed herself to Bernadette as the “Immaculate Conception” (four years after the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was officially defined by the Roman Catholic Church). On December 8, 1933, Pope Pius XI canonized Bernadette as a saint. Her feast day is on April 16th. The Saint Bernadette of Lourdes figurine will be a superb gift for a birthday, first communion, confirmation, wedding, wedding anniversary, and for that special “Bernadette” in your life!
The Saint Bernadette of Lourdes Figurine – A Devoted Labor of Love, hope, and Faith
The Saint Bernadette of Lourdes figurine stands 4 inches high and is composed of dolomite stone and resin. Cloistered nuns create, mold, and finish by hand each and every figurine that comes out of the atelier of their monastery in France. Each nun is indeed a true contemplative in action who prayerfully completes a specific task to help finish each and every figurine. By whom, how, and where each and every figurine is made assures us that the Saint Bernadette of Lourdes figurine is “culturally authentic” as well as a devoted labor of love, hope and faith!
Our Lady of Lourdes – Symbol of God’s Healing Love
Our Lady of Lourdes appeared on numerous occasions in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous, then a 14-year old peasant girl in Lourdes, France. Bernadette confessed to her mother how a “small young lady” (uo petito damizelo in her native dialect of Occitan) spoke to her on February 11, 1858 in the cave (or grotto) of Massabielle (near Lourdes) while she, her sister, and a friend were collecting firewood. In 1858 from February 11th to July 16th, the “Lady” appeared to her 18 times in all. Mary showed Bernadette a spring of water which became the source of countless miraculous healings among the vast and rapidly growing throngs of devoted believers. Pope Pius XI authorized the veneration of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1862. The Grotto of Lourdes is now perhaps Christianity’s best known pilgrimage site in the entire world and attracts over 5 million Christian pilgrims of all denominations every year. Over the past 150 years, the Grotto of Lourdes itself has been imitated and recreated, often in shrines and in many a garden landscape in front of homes and parish churches. The Grotto at the University of Notre Dame (French for Our Lady) in South Bend, Indiana as well as the Grotto at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas are two of the most noteworthy examples in the U.S.