The Song of Bernadette

The Song of Bernadette is an amazing story. When it was first published in 1941, it was acclaimed a great literary masterpiece. Franz Werfel's great classic is now available in a new edition abridged by John Martin.

Adapted from Franz Werfel's book, the 1943 film of "The Song of Bernadette" , was nominated for twelve Academy Awards; and Jennnifer Jones won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Bernadette. The film had at the beginning: "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation is possible".

The Miracle and the Message of Lourdes

In his foreword, Cardinal Basil Hume encourages those interested in this moving and immortal story of Bernadette and the Miracle and Message of Lourdes to read The Song of Bernadette. It is compelling reading, and interestingly many of the chapters – written by an accomplished playwright – close like a curtain drop.

Bernadette of Lourdes

Saint Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes The Song of Bernadette is an amazing and moving story about the sturdy and loving character of Our Lady's little friend Bernadette who, with Heaven sent grace, fought such a fearless fight for the authenticity of her visions. An innocent and simple maiden, Bernadette was given the grace and strength to convince the sombre Church Authorities of the miracle of Lourdes and, with Our Lady's help in that Herculean task, she succeeded.

In 1858, when those momentous events took place, Bernadette was 14. At 16 the ailing child was very beautiful. At 22 she entered the convent in Nevers and driven hard nearly died the same year. Four years later, in tending the war wounded in the hospital in Nevers, she left behind a trail of laughter and of ease.

Following the death of Sister Sophie, the most experienced nun amoung them, the grace to encourage and sustain the survivors passed to Bernadette. The Sisters of Nevers were able to recognise the treasure given into their keeping and Bernadette's cell became the heart of the house. In the last two years of her life, Bernadette's body became a mere shadow; she died at 35.

Front Cover of Franz Werfel's 'The Song of Bernadette', The immortal Story of Bernadette of Lourdes abridged by John Martin click image above to enlarge

Praise for The Book

I hope that the abridged Song of Bernadette will encourage many more to read this moving and immortal story of the miracle of Lourdes and appreciate the sturdy and loving character of Our Lady's little friend Bernadette who, with Heaven-sent grace, fought such a fearless fight for the authenticity of her visions
Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminister 1976-1999

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