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

Sunday, August 22, 2010


By the morning of Bernadette's final apparition on March 4, the crowd at the grotto was estimated as between five thousand and twenty thousand. A reporter from Paris wrote that all the streets, paths, mounds, and fields surrounding the grotto were filled with people. The din was deafening, he observed, filled not only with prayers and invocations but also with insults and dares. Street urchins hung from the tree limbs like monkeys, and the wealthy snarled at peasants not to soil their clothes. Bernadette appeared, carrying a candle as usual, but stopped to embrace a partially blind child named Eugenie Troy. The girl's apparition that morning was a brief one; aquero had been angered by the disbelief of those present, and declined to speak, Bernadette explained. Though the girl herself seemed not to have noticed, a number of observers reported that a dove had hovered above Bernadette's head during her ecstasy. Whatever had taken place, one result was the healing of Eugenie Troy's eyes.

After her apparitions ended, Bernadette, who suffered from asthma for years, was removed from Lourdes to convalesce at the waters of Cauterets. From there, she moved to the hospice school operated by the Sisters of Charity at Nevers. She testified twice before the episcopal commission investigating her apparitions, once in 1858 and again in 1860, and in 1862, her local bishop declared that her apparitions were worthy of the assent, and issued a decree sanctioning a cult of devotion at the Lourdes shrine.

Bernadette joined the Sisters of Charity as a nun in 1866, and remained in residence at the order's motherhouse until her death in 1879. She was beatified by the church in 1925, and canonized in 1933, on the basis of four miraculous cures that had been proved to the Vatican's satisfaction. To this day, she remains the standard by which other Catholic mystics are judged.

(Excerpted from "The Miracle Detective" by Randall Sullivan (page 171, first edition 2004). This is an excellent book about miracles and also one of my favourite books.

Was the story of Lourdes to end on the 4th of March 1858? The apparitions did not stop there. On 25 March 1858, Bernadette firmly resolved to obtain the name of the "Young Lady" at the grotto. At her fourth request, the Lady said, "I am the Immaculate Conception." On 7 April 1858, whilst Bernadette was in ecstasy during the apparition, the candle that she was holding began to burn lower and lower until she was holding nothing more than the wick. When Dr. Dozous examined her hands, there were no traces of burning. On 16 July 1858, on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bernadette felt that she was drawn once more to Massabielle. And that truly was her final apparition. According to Bernadette, "I only saw the Virgin and she was more beautiful than ever."


  1. hi,

    I thank God because I have found your blog. You are truly blessed. I am a student in Malaysia and I have been trying to spread the messages of Medjugorje for almost 2 years now. I always wanted to go there to experience the presense of Our Lady. Can u tell me how to plan a trip there and also the estimated costs?

    Thank you and God bless you.


  2. Hi David,
    I've had an enjoyable flight with Lufthansa. You can call their office at 03-20523428. If I were not mistaken, the air ticket may cost around RM6000 now. That was the rate they gave me last year. Google "Medjugorje Hotels" and you can easily find the kind of hotel that you want. I hope that you will have an enjoyable stay in Medjugorje.


  3. so the total cost will definately exceed 10k? Do you have Facebook?

  4. No, I don't have Facebook but I can tell you what to expect here. The hotel will arrange for taxi pick-up for you but you will have to pay 100 euros for the trip from the airport to your hotel and another 100 euros for the trip to the airport from your hotel. That was the rate in 2007. With the food and shopping and of course donations, it can easily exceed 10k. But it's worth paying for this wonderful experience.

  5. It's a shame that the healing of Eugenie Troy is not recognized as one of the miracles of Lourdes; unfortunately her sight remained for only a short time and she died one year after meeting Bernadette. I have written and asked the committee @ Lourdes to re-open her case but so far to no avail.