BERNADETTE OF LOURDES by Margaret Gray Blanton


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An amazing story, intelligently handled, which might have more than a religious sale. A biography of that strange medieval spirit in modern life. Her background was poverty-stricken, her mother imbibed most of what her unsuccessful miller father earned; she had little schooling, her religious training was superficial, starting at fourteen with her First Communion. One day she was drawn to the Grotto, where her visions began. There were nineteen in all, and soon Lourdes became the center of confusion, as high officials and medical men investigated, as visitors sought the healing waters. At sixteen she entered a convent, where she stayed until her death, always the kindly, timid, suffering person of her early youth. To her quiet life story is added the record of Lourdes, of the authenticated modern cures. The author is a Protestant.

Publisher: Longmans, Green