The State of Virginity

The State of Virginity
I should like you to be free of all worries. The unmarried man is busy with the Lord's affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord; but the married man is busy with this world's demands and occupied with pleasing his wife. This means he is divided. The virgin - indeed, any unmarried woman - is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has the cares of this world to absorb her and concerned with pleasing her husband. I am going into this with you for your own good. I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Friday, February 26, 2010

BERNADETTE'S FATHER'S HOUSE (LACADE MILL): THE MAISON PATERNELLE


I took the above photo the day before I left Lourdes. I was very sad that day - just walking around looking for things to buy wishing that I could stay there forever and visiting all my favourite places again for one more time. I did a lot of shopping that day and I kept asking myself what was it that I have forgotten to buy.

Lacade Mill is very similar to Boly Mill (the house where Bernadette was born). There were around ten such mills at the time of the apparitions. Lacade Mill is situated at 4 rue Bernadette Soubirous and at the time of the apparitions it belonged to the mayor of Lourdes, Anselme Lacade. In July 1858, the Parish Priest, Father Peyramale, rented the mill for the Soubirous family. On 20th August 1867, Monsignor Laurence, the Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, bought the mill and gave it to the Soubirous family to rescue them from poverty.

Bernadette did not live for long periods in this house. At that time, she was a boarder at the hospice in Lourdes where she studied and received treatment for her asthma. However, she often came to sleep at her parents' house. On 4th July 1866, she left the hospice for the convent in Nevers, never to return. On the eve of her departure, 3rd July 1866, Bernadette went to the grotto one last time to pray and then visited the Lacade mill for a farewell meal with her family. That was the last evening she spent with her family.

The Lacade mill is a two-storey building. On the ground floor to the right you can see the mill and its machinery, where Francois Soubirous (Bernadette's father) used to work. To the left is the family kitchen where Bernadette bade farewell to her parents before leaving for the convent in Nevers. Going up the wooden staircase you will reach the bedroom where you can see a collection of memorabilia that belonged to Bernadette and to her family.

Here at the Lacade mill, Louise Soubirous (Bernadette's mother) died on 8th December 1866. Francois Soubirous died on 4th March 1871. One of Bernadette's brothers also died in this "Family Home". The mill has since remained in private hands and is still owned by a direct descendant of Francois Soubirous. Admission 1.50 euros. Opening hours: 9.00 am-Noon; 2.00 pm-7.00 pm.

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