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Trader Jakes – Issue 881- March 13, 2020

“In God we trust” Page 9

Body of St.Bernadette after 122 years


These are the pictures of St.Bernadette who died 122 years ago in Lourdes, France and was buried, her body was only discovered after

the church officials decided to examine her body. Her body is still fresh until today and if you

ever go to Lourdes , France you can see her body in the church in Lourdes . Her body does not

decay because during her lifetime, the mother of Jesus would always appear to her and give

messages and advice to all mankind on the right way to live on this earth. Many miracles have

taken place in this place of Lourdes and still do until today. These pictures show her body after

122 years. Born to a very poor family on January 7, 1844, at the age of 35.she suffered severely

from asthma and was such a poor student she was delayed from making her First Holy

Communion until 1858, when she was 14. On February 11 of that year, the first of her visions

took place as she was gathering firewood along the river Gave. This drama is known to most

Catholics as the Apparition at


March 25, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared for the

last time and identified herself as the "Immaculate Conception." With these words the Mother

of God confirmed the pious belief which Pope Pius IX, 4 years earlier, had raised to the dignity

of a dogma of the infallible Church.The Sisters of Nevers, who operated a school at Lourdes,

were later entrusted with Bernadette's care, and when she was 22, was admitted to their order.

She spent the rest of her days there, a short distance from Lourdes. After suffering heroically

for years from tuberculosis of the bone in the right knee, including several complications, she

died a holy death on April 15, 1879. The body was first exhumed 30 years after her death. On

September 2, 1909, in the presence of representatives appointed by the postulators of the

cause, 2 doctors, and the sister of the community, the coffin was removed by workmen from

the place where it was intombed. On opening the lid, they discerned no odor and the virginal

body lay exposed, completely victorious over the laws of nature.The arms and face were com-

pletely unaffected from corruption and had maintained their natural skin tone. The teeth were

barely visible through her slightly parted lips. The rosary in her hands had become rusty, and

the crucifix was coated with verdigris.The sisters, with the best of intentions, thoroughly washed the body and reclothed it in a new reli-

gious habit before placing it in a new casket. After the official documents pertaining to the exhumation were placed beside the body, and

the double casket officially sealed, the remains were again placed in the tomb.The second exhumation took place at the end of the Process

on April 3, 1919. The body of the Venerable was found in the same state of preservation as 10 years earlier, except that the face was slightly

discolored, due to the washing it had undergone during the first exhumation. A worker in wax

who was experienced in such duties applied a coating to the face of the Saint who had been

dead 40 years.This sacred relic was placed in a coffin of gold and glass and can be viewed in the

Chapel of Saint Bernadette at the motherhouse in Nevers.Picture & biography courtesy of Joan

Carroll Cruz, "The Incorruptibles" ©1977.

Incorrupt Relic in the Chapel of

St. Bernadette in Nevers