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

Monday, February 22, 2010


This apparition had a very special witness: Doctor Dozous, the disbelieving scientist who had also been present for the 7th apparition. He was lucky enough to witness the miracle of the candle; or perhaps we should say that he was lucky enough to receive God's grace. During her ecstasy, Bernadette was holding a big candle in her right hand with her left hand cupped around the flame. Those present were awestruck to see the flame licking her fingers without leaving any burns. Doctor Dozous observed the incident and timed it. The phenomenon lasted a good quarter of an hour.

"Do something! The girl is going to get burned!" a witness implored.

With an imperious gesture, the doctor quieted the murmurs and kept the well-intentioned from intervening. Bernadette did not seem to suffer. The physician's heart beat wildly. Perhaps he had finally witnessed his supernatural phenomenon.

When Bernadette had come out of her state of ecstasy, Doctor Dozous examined her hands. There was nothing. These little hands did not bear the slightest trace of a burn. He then put the flame near Bernadette's hands, but the girl cried: "Stop, you're burning me!". The doctor couldn't get over it. He openly declared: "Now I believe it. I've seen it with my own eyes!". He rushed to the Cafe Francais to announce the event and to proclaim his conversion, the news of which soon travelled around the town.

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