with Foreword by Father Benedict Groeschel
Paulist Press | e-Book Available | New for the 150th Anniversary! — A fascinating look at Lourdes, one of the world’s most popular Marian places of pilgrimage. Includes the history of the apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous, the response of the Church, the advent of cures and pilgrimage, and Lourdes today as a powerful center for physical, spiritual, and emotional healing. Featuring interviews with the bishop, medical director, and other key personnel of the sanctuary. Foreword by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, nationally acclaimed scholar, theologian, author, speaker and host of “Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel” on EWTN.
Testimonials for Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope and Charity
I wish I had this book before my first trip to the Shrine… With the poetic eye of a believer, the balanced sensibility of a journalist, and the deeply moved heart of someone who has touched the wonders of Lourdes, Ficocelli captures the essence of the Shrine. Dive in and be transformed.
Raymond Arroyo, EWTNews Director and author of the New York Times Bestseller Mother Angelica
Elizabeth Ficocelli’s book is a superb introduction to the story of Lourdes. Seamlessly mixing personal experience, historical analysis, and spiritual reflection, the author reminds us why the tale of St. Bernadette Soubirous, and what she saw in the Grotto of Massabielle in 1858, has lost none of its power to captivate and inspire even the most skeptical of readers. A beautifully written book about a beautiful story.
James Martin, SJ, author of the bestselling My Life with the Saints
Elizabeth Ficocelli is well-informed: she has read, she has seen, she has listened to the observers, participants, and witnesses of Lourdes. Thus, with the liberty of the journalist, the rigor of the historian, and the sensitivity of the writer she enables us to discover Lourdes.
Fr. Régis-Marie de La Teyssonnière, Chaplain of Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes and world authority on Bernadette
In Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope, and Charity, Elizabeth Ficocelli tells the story of the shrine of Lourdes through the prism of the three theological virtues. Her description of Bernadette — whom the Church recognizes as a saint, “not because she saw visions, but because of her heroic virtue in responding to God’s mysterious call” — is a powerful reminder that sanctity is for everyone, and that the extraordinary enters the ordinary in order to call us to our true vocations. Genuine conversion, not spectacle, is what visions are for. If you want a good introduction to the history and spirit of Lourdes, Elizabeth Ficocelli’s book is for you.
George Weigel, Columnist, Author, and Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
My wife and I will forever be grateful to Ms. Ficocelli for her excellent work on Lourdes. After having read Lourdes: Font of Faith Hope and Charity in our church’s book club, we were inspired to take a pilgrimage to Lourdes and even worked with the North American Volunteers to host a virtual pilgrimage for our parish. This quick, informative, and moving book not only brought a couple from Los Angeles to Lourdes, it brought the Lourdes experience to more than 600 parishioners as well as hundreds of school children, elderly, sick and imprisoned people needing Our Blessed Mother’s healing love and guidance to her Son. This is the very definition of a “good read”
Dan R., California
This is the best book I have ever read on Our Lady of Lourdes. First, the author corrects numerous factual inaccuracies that have been perpetuated over the many years concerning St. Bernadette’s personal history as well as the origin of this miracle itself that took place so long ago. Second, the author refreshingly holds no bias in simply providing her own account in experiencing the still-ongoing miracles of Lourdes among the millions of pilgrims that journey there each year. Third, there is that wonderful Catholic touch of mystery and mysticism in her writing – an intangible one might say that lends both credibility and substance to this definitive analysis of Lourdes.
I love your books! They are most definitely speaking to my heart. I’m a cradle Catholic coming back after thirty years. I hope you are writing more books for adults. In the past two weeks I’ve read your books about Lourdes, Medjugorje, and St. Therese. They were so interesting, easy to read, and the words just flowed off the page. I didn’t want them to end! EXCELLENT books and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
Irene P., Canada
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