Friday, 20 February 2009

5th Apparition

5th Apparition
Saturday 20th. February
At the fifth apparition Our Lady spoke with Bernadette and taught her a prayer that was just for her. She would say this prayer every day of her life, but never wrote it down or repeated it to anyone. For the rest of her life people would constantly attempt to make Bernadette divulge this prayer and the secrets Our Lady had told her. Bernadette never gave in but with her immense strength of character and her own brand of feisty Pyreneen wit she would rebuke them for trying in a firm but gentle manner. One frequent response was 'men are powerful on earth but the Holy Virgin is powerful in Heaven'. Whatever was said it was noted by the crowds at the end of this vision Bernadette was overcome with a great sadness.

Word had now begun to spread amongst surrounding villages and this day saw the biggest crowd yet - about thirty people.


Soutenus said...

Oh, how I am enjoying these posts! Thank you for sharing.
ps) we are in the midst of moving and I am still searching through boxes for my Song of Bernadette movie. I want to watch it again with my family!

SQUELLY said...

You are so welcome! I love writing them and sharing them - I am just delighted that you are enjoying them. Song of Bernadette is such a brilliant movie - I hope you get to enjoy it with the whole family. I can remember watching it when I was little and I still love it. Also, hope the move goes well for you! God Bless! thanks so much for leaving a comment.

Tracy said...

Wonderful post, very much enjoyed it!!

Christine said...

I am really enjoying your blog. I wonder why she was so sad? Because of the future ya think?

SQUELLY said...

Thanks to you both-I am so happy that you have enjoyed it! I am not sure why Bernadette was so sad but it is likely she was told something either about sinners (bearing in mind the message to the crowds in visions to come) or perhaps it was something more personal about what would be asked of Bernadette herself (perhaps that she would not be able to stay in Lourdes for the rest of her life?) Difficult to know - she was very sensitive and felt things incredibly deeply.


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