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

Thursday, June 17, 2010


1. Mrs Catherine Latapie of Loubajac (France)
Ulnar paralysis due to traumatic elongation of the brachial plexus for 18 months.
(Date of healing: 1 Mac 1858)

2. Louis Bouriette of Lourdes (France)
Twenty-year-old injury to the right eye; with blindness for 2 years.
(Date of healing: March 1858)

3. Mrs Blaisette Cazenave of Lourdes (France)
Chemosis or chronic conjunctivis with ectropion for 3 years.
(Date of healing: March 1858)

4. Mr Henri Busquet of Nay (France)
Fistular adenitis at the base of the neck for 15 months.
(Date of healing: 29 April 1858)

5. Justin Bouhort of Lourdes (France)
Chronic post-infective malnutrition with retarded motor development.
(Date of healing: 6 July 1858)

6. Mrs Madelaine Rizan of Nay (France)
Left hemiplegia for 24 years; after effects of cholera
(Date of healing: 17 October 1858)

7. Miss Marie Moreau of Tartas (France)
Major dimunition of vision with inflammatory lesions especially of the right eye, progressing over 10 months.
(Date of healing: 9 November 1858)

8. Mr Pierre de Rudder of Jabbeke (Belgium)
Open fracture of the left leg.
(Date of healing: 7 April 1875)

9. Miss Joachime Dehant of Gesves (Belgium)
Ulcerated right leg with extensive gangrene.
(Date of healing: 13 September 1878)

10. Miss Elisa Seisson of Rognonas (France)
Cardiac hypertrophy with oedema of the lower limbs.
(Date of healing: 29 August 1882)

11. Sister Eugenia of Bernay (France)
Abscess in the right iliac fossa with vesical and colic fistulae; bilateral phlebitis.
(Date of healing: 21 August 1883)

12. Sister Julienne of La Roque (France)
Cavitating pulmonary tuberculosis.
(Date of healing: 1 September 1889)

13. Sister Josephine Marie of Goincourt (France)
Pulmonary tuberculosis
(Date of healing: 21 August 1890)

14. Miss Amelie Chagnon from Poitiers (France)
Tubercular osteo-arthritis of the knee and second metatarsal of the foot.
(Date of healing: 21 August 1891)

15. Miss Clementine Trouve of Rouille (France)
Osteo periostitis of the right foot with fistulae.
(Date of healing: 21 August 1891)

16. Miss Marie Lebranchu Paris
Pulmonary tuberculosis (Koch's bacillae present in sputum)
(Date of healing: 20 August 1892)

17. Miss Marie Lemarchand from Caen (France)
Pulmonary tuberculosis with ulcerated face and legs.
(Date of healing: 21 August 1892)

18. Miss Elise Lesage of Bucquoy (France)
Tubercular osteo-arthritis of the knee.
(Date of healing: 21 August 1892)

19. Sister Marie de la Presentation of Lille (France)
Chronic tubercular gastroenteritis.
(Date of healing: 29 August 1892)

20. Abbott Cirelle of Beaumontel 9France)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis of spinal cord.
(Date of healing: 31 August 1893)

21. Miss Aurelie Huprellew of St-Martin-le-Noeud (France).
Acute pulmonary tuberculosis.
(Date of healing; 21 August 1895.

22. Miss Esther Brachmann of Paris
Tubercular peritonitis.
(Date of healing: 21 August 1896)

23. Miss Jeanne Tulasne of Tours (France)
Lumbar Pott's disease with neuropathic club foot.
(Date of healing: 8 September 1897)

24. Miss Clementine Malot of Gaudechart (France).
Pulmonary tuberculosis with haemoptysis.
(Date of healing: 21 August 1898

25. Mrs Rose Francois of Paris.
Fistular lymphangitis of the right arm with enormous oedema.
(Date of healing: 20 August 1899)

26. Reverend Father Salvator of Rouelle (France).
Tubercular peritonitis.
(Date of healing: 25 June 1900.

27. Sister Maximilien of Marseilles (France).
Hydatid cyst of the liver, phlebitis of the left lower limb.

28. Miss Marie Savoye of Chateau Cambresis (France).
Rheumatic mitral valvular heart disease.
(Date of healing: 20 September 1901)

29. Mrs Johanna Bezenac of St-Laurent-des-Batons (France)
Cachexia and lupus of the face probablytubercular.
(Date of healing: 8 August 1904)

30. Sister Saint-Hilaire of Peylereau (France)
Abdominal tumour.
(Date of healing: 20 August 1904)

31. Sister Sainte Beatrix of Evreux (France).
Laryngo-bronchitis, probably tuberculosis.
(Date of healing: 31 August 1904)

32. Miss Marie-Therese Noblet of Avenay (France).
Dorso-lumbar spondylitis.
(Date of healing: 31 August 1905)

33. Miss Celine Douville De Franssu of Tournai (Belgium)
Tubercular peritonitis
(Date of healing: 21 September 1905)

34. Miss Antonia Moulin of Vienne (France)
Fistulous osteomyelitis of the right femur with arthritis of the knee.
(Date of healing: 10 August 1907)

35. Miss Marie Borel of Mende (France)
Six faecal fistulae in the lumbar and abdominal region.
(Date of healing; 21/22 August 1907)

36. Miss Virginie Haudeborg of Lons-le-Saulnier (France).
Tubercular cystitis, nephritis.
(Date of healing: 17 May 1907)

37. Mrs Marie Bire of Ste-Gemme-la-Plaine
Blindness of cerebral origin, bilateral optic atrophy.
(Date of healing: 5 August 1908)

38. Miss Aimee Allpoe of Vern (France)
Multiple tubercular abscesses with four fistulae on the anterior abdominal wall.
(Date of healing: 28 May 1909)

39. Miss Juliette Orion of St-Hilaire-de-Voust (France)
Pulmonary and laryngeal tuberculosis, suppurating left mastoiditis.
(Date of healing: 22 July 1910)

40. Miss Marie Fabre of Montredon (France)
Chronic inflammatory bowel disease, uterine prolapse.
(Daye of healing: 26 September 1911)

41. Miss Henriette Bressolles of Nice (France)
Pott's disease, paraplegia.
(Date of healing: 3 July 1924)

42. Miss Lydia Brosse of Saint-Raphael (France)
Multiple tubercular fistulae with wide undermining in the left buttock.
(Date of healing: 11 October 1930)

43. Sister Marie-Marguerite of Rennes (France)
Abcess of the left kidney phlyctenular edema, cardiac attacks.
(Date of healing: 22 January 1937)

44. Miss Louise Jamain of Paris
Pulmonary, intestinal and peritoneal tuberculosis.
(Date of healing: 1 April 1937)

45. Mr Francis Pascal of Beaucaire (France).
Blindness, paralysis of the lower limbs.
(Date of healing: 31 August 1938)

46. Miss Gabrielle Clauzel of Oran, Algeria
Rheumatoid spondylosis.
(Date of healing: 15 August 1943)

47. Miss Yvonne Fournier from Limoges (France)
Extending and progressive post-traumatic syndrome of left upper limb (Leriche's syndrome).
(Date of healing: 19 August 1945)

48. Mrs Rose Martin Nice (France)
Uterine cancer.
(Date of healing: 3 July 1947)

49. Mrs Jeanne Gestas of Begles (France)
Dyspeptic disorders with post-operative obstructive episodes.
(Date of healing: 22 August 1947)

50. Miss Marie-Therese Canin of Marseilles (France).
Dorso-lumbar Pott's Disease with fistulated tubercular peritonitis.
(Date of healing: 9 October 1947.

51. Miss Maddalena Carini of San Remo, Italy.
Peritoneal, pleuro-pulmonary and bony tuberculosis with coronary disease.
(Date of healing: 15 August 1948)

52. Miss Leanne Fretel of Rennes (France)
Tubercular peritonitis.
(Date of healing: 8 October 1948)

53. Miss Angele Thea from Tettnang, Germany
Multiple sclerosis for six years.
(Date of healing: 20 Mat 1950)

54. Mr Evasio Ganora of Casale, Italy.
Hodgkin's Disease.
(Date of healing: 2 June 1950)

55. Miss Edeltraut Fulda of Vienne, Austria.
Addison's Disease.
(Date of healing: 12 August 11950)

56. Mr Paul Pellegrin of Toulon (France)
Post-operative fistula following a liver abcess.
(Date of healing: 3 October 1950)

57. Brother Leo Schwager of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Multiple sclerosis for five years.
(Date of healing: 30 April 1952)

58. Mrs Alice Couteault of Bouille-Loretz (France)
Multiple sclerosis for three years.
(Date of healing: 15 May 1952)

59. Miss Marie Bigot of La Richardais (France)
Arachnoiditis of the posterior fossa (blindness, deafness, hemiplegia)
(Date of healing: 10 October 1954)

60. Mrs Ginette Nouvel of Carmaux (France)
Budd-Chiari disease (supra-hepatic venous thrombosis
(Date of healing: 21 September 1954)

61. Miss Elisa Aloi of Patti, Italy
Osteo-articular tuberculosis with fistulae at multiple sites in the right lower limb.
(Date of healing: 5 June 1958)

62. Miss Juliette Tamburini of Marseilles (France)
Femoral osteoperiostitis with fistulae, epistaxis, for ten years.
(Date of healing: 17 July 1959)

63. Mr Vittorio Micheli of Scurelle, Italy
Sarcoma of left pelvis
(Date of healing: 1 June 1963)

64. Mr Serge Perrin of Lion d' Angers
Recurrent right hemiplegia, with ocular lesions, due to bilateral carotid artery disorders.
(Date of healing: 1 may 1970)

65. Miss Delizia Cirolli of Paterno, Italy
Ewing's sarcoma of right tibia.
(Date of healing: 24 December 1976)

66. Mr Jean Pierre Bely of La Couronne (France)
Multiple sclerosis for fifteen years.
(Date of healing: 9 October 1987)

67. Mrs Anna Santaniello of Salerno, Italy
Heart disease with mitral valve stenosis.
(Date of healing: 19 August 1952)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


7 January 1844
Bernadette was born in the Boly Mill.

9 January 1844
Bernadette's baptism in the parish church of Saint Peter

November 1844
Bernadette was taken to be fostered by the wet-nurse in Bartres.

24 June 1854
The Soubirous family left the Boly Mill.

Autumn 1855
Bernadette fell victim to cholera.

Winter 1855
Bernadette went into service in her aunt Bernarde Casterot's home.

27 March 1857
Francois (Bernadette's father) was suspected of having stolen two sacks of flour and was imprisoned.

September 1857
Bernadette returned to Bartres to help her former wet nurse, Marie Lagues.

21 January 1858
Bernadette returned to Lourdes and went to live in the Cachot with her family.

11 February 1858
First apparition at the grotto of Massabielle.

21 February 1858
Bernadette was officially questioned on the apparitions by Chief of Police Jacomet.

24 February 1858
Bernadette was questioned by Imperial Prosecutor Vital Dutour.

2 March 1858
Bernadette approached the parish priest to report on the Lady's wish for a sanctuary to be built at the grotto.

25 March 1858
After the 16th apparition, Bernadette reported the Lady's name to the parish priest: "I am the Immaculate Conception".

27 April 1858
Bernadette was examined by three doctors for her possible admission to an institution for the mentally disturbed.

3 June 1858
Bernadette made her First Holy Communion

10 June 1858
A ban on the grotto was decreed by the Prefect and by the Mayor of Lourdes.

28 July 1858
Monsignor Laurence, Bishop of Lourdes, set up a Diocesan committee to investigate the truthfulness and supernatural nature of the apparitions.

5 October 1858
Lifting of the ban on the grotto thanks to the intervention of Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III.

15 July 1860
Bernadette was admitted to the Lourdes Hospice because of an asthma attack.

18 January 1862
Monsignor Laurence recognised the apparitions as genuine and of a supernatural nature.

4 April 1864
Blessing of the Immaculate Conception statue at the grotto.

19 May 1866
The Crypt's inauguration in Bernadette's presence.

4 July 1866
Bernadette left for the Convent of Nevers.

7 July 1866
Bernadette entered the Sisters of Charity Convent in Nevers.

8 December 1866
Bernadette's mother died.

30 October 1867
Bernadette made her Religious Profession.

4 March 1871
Bernadette's father died.

28 August 1872
First torchlight procession at the grotto of apparitions.

2 July 1876
Consecration of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

8 September 1877
The Parish Priest of Lourdes Father Peyramale died.

28 March 1878
Bernadette received Extreme Unction for the sick for the fourth time.

22 September 1878
Bernadette made her perpetual vows in the convent's chapel.

16 April 1879
At 35 years of age, Bernadette died at 3 p.m.

22 August 1887
First Eucharistic procession in Lourdes.

6 October 1901
Inauguration of the Rosary Basilica.

22 September 1909
First identification of Bernadette's body for the canonical beatification process. It was found intact.

14 September 1912
Inauguration of the Way of the Cross around the hill in Lourdes.

13 August 1913
Start of the canonical process for Bernadette's sanctification.

3 April 1919
Second identification of Bernadette's body in the presence of the Bishop of Nevers.

18 April 1925
Third identification of Bernadette's body.

14 June 1925
Pope Pius XI proclaimed Bernadette's sanctity.

11 November 1948
Monsignor Theas, Bishop of Lourdes, authorises work on the layout of the spring at the back of the grotto where the apparitions took place.

Winter 1954
Construction of the new baths.

11 February 1958
Centenary of the apparitions. Consecration and inauguration of the Basilica of Saint Pius X.

16-23 July 1981
First International Congress held at Lourdes.

14-15 August 1983
Pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Lourdes.

25 March 1988
Monsignor Enrico Donze, Bishop of Lourdes, inaugurates the Saint Bernadette Centre of Worship. Fifth church in Lourdes.

Inauguration of the Adoration Chapel next to the Saint Bernadette Centre of Worship.

7 April 1997
Inauguration of the new "Notre Dame" reception centre for disabled pilgrims.

14-15 August 2004
Second pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Lourdes.