St. Bernadette

St. Bernadette Soubirous was just 14 years old when she started to see apparitions of Our Lady at Lourdes, France. Today the site is visited still by countless pilgrims and the place of many miraculous healings.

Bernadette was a poor young lady, but beneath the outward facts of her life as a peasant girl in France in the 1800s, she was a Princess.

The Blessed Mother chose her for a great mission and used her to bring many souls to God.

Her story goes to show that God does not restrict His servants and his saints to only the wealthy or the highly intelligent or educated or any other such criteria. He is in fact and truly “no respecter of persons” – it is available for anyone to become holy, anyone to strive for piety and sanctity, and anyone to become a Princess of God. You do not need to be born to noble, holy, or pious parents or a prestigious or devout family to become a Princess of God. God lets anyone who wishes come to Him and live as his royal child!

In her humility, St. Bernadette described her role as “… like a broomstick for the Blessed Virgin; when she no longer needed me, she put me in my place behind the door.”

A Princess of God is so as well. She is and strives to be useful to her heavenly patrons and to God, and is content to be set aside to a quiet life when “no longer needed”. She does not seek out fame or attention – she doesn’t have to! God knows her name, as does Heaven.

St. Bernadette is even known as the “Princess of Lourdes” and was chosen by the Blessed Mother to reveal the mystery and dogma of the Immaculate Conception, when she revealed herself with the words “I am the Immaculate Conception.” What an incredible role and mission for someone seemingly so unlikely! Truly, who God chooses is not who people or the world would pick. The Princess of God keeps this in mind and stays inspired that although she is “little” in the eyes of the world, she is great and a Princess in the eyes of God. (:

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