Welcome to SAINTS FUN FACTS!
Here you can find out some interesting facts about some people who are known as SAINTS
Most saints don’t set out to become a saint, instead they spend their time serving God and helping people in need. Eventually, their good deeds are recognised after their death, and the Pope canonises them (this means the whole Church agrees that they are to be called a saint).
WHO IS YOUR PATRON SAINT?
Your patron saint is either the saint who shares your name or a saint with whom you feel a special connection– for whatever reason.
Our saint for this month is Saint Bernadette Soubirous
St. Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. Her parents were very poor and she was the first of nine children.
On Thursday, February 11, 1858, fourteen-year-old Bernadette was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood, when a very beautiful lady appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto called Massabielle.
The woman wore blue and white and smiled at Bernadette before making the sign of the cross with a rosary of ivory and gold.
Bernadette fell to her knees, took out her own rosary and began to pray. Bernadette later described the woman as “uo petito damizelo,” meaning “a small young lady.
Though her sister and friend claimed they were unable to see her, Bernadette knew what she saw was real.
The small young lady turned out to be Mary. You can read the rest of this story from the website Catholic Online
And here is a five minute part of a much longer film about Bernadette first seeing the vision of Mary in the rocks near her home near Lourdes in France. She saw Our Lady 18 times in all.
“I came back towards the grotto and started taking off my stockings. I had hardly taken off the first stocking when I heard a sound like a gust of wind. Then I turned my head towards the meadow. I saw the trees quite still: I went on taking off my stockings. I heard the same sound again. As I raised my head to look at the grotto, I saw a Lady dressed in white, wearing a white dress, a blue girdle and a yellow rose on each foot, the same color as the chain of her rosary; the beads of the rosary were white.”
She joined a convent and became a nun, and was made a saint in 1933.
Do you know where the Grotto with the statue of Bernadette and Our Lady is in Carrigaline?