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    Saint Bernadette Subirous

    "Saint Bernadette is best known for being the visionary of the Marian apparition at a grotto cave in Lourdes, France, on February 11, 1858. During the course of her short life (she died at the age of 35) Bernadette Soubirous received an astounding 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    Her visions and the discovery of the healing waters of Lourdes has certainly been her lasting influence—hundreds of millions of people have visited the church and pilgrimage shrine at Lourdes, and multitudes have experienced miraculous cures of body and soul there.
    Though often associated with healing, St. Bernadette has an important lesson to teach us about suffering.


    Saint Bernadette endured sickness for most of her life. As a child she had a weak and sickly constitution, and suffered from severe asthma. Added to that was the pain that being a visionary caused her—the jealousy, suspicion, and rejection of others. Then, as an adult living with the Sisters of Nevers, she struggled with a very painful tubercular tumor in the bone of her right knee.

    One day, while in the convent, a group of visitors came to her and asked her if she was aware of the miraculous healings that were occurring at Lourdes, and why she, the woman to whom the healing waters had been shown, did not go there for healing.

    St. Bernadette simply responded, “You see, my business is to be sick.”
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    "My business is to be sick" is an interesting statement. If someone here is dealing with mental emotional or physical sickness, I thought maybe that quote would be helpful. If you are suffering all the time, maybe it's your business to be sick. Maybe someday you'll see that it is all for the greater good.

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    Re: Saint Bernadette Subirous

    That's interesting. She may also have been afflicted by Munchhausen syndrome, in which a person just pretends to be ill or suffering because of the attention it garners them. Or, she may actually have been ill but, for the same reason - getting attention - she neglected to be treated. It's rare for a person to actually choose to continue suffering, and, of course, it's no one's "business" to suffer. My guess is that she had some serious mental issues that resulted in both the suffering tale and also the visions. This is a good example of why we really need to focus more resources on the treatment of mental illness -- we could help people like that.

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