The Wonders of Lourdes (Paperback)
Introduction by the Most Reverend Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Lourdes
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions to Saint Bernadette in Lourdes with 150 true and moving stories! With an introduction by Most Reverend Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Lourdes, and Pierre-Marie Dumont, publisher of the immensely popular Magnificat missal, The Wonders of Lourdes tells the true story of this marvellous shrine from the very first apparition to the present day. This unique collection chronicles 150 true and moving stories that celebrate 150 years of faith, prayer and miracles, and recounts the epic history of a pilgrimage site that has become a sign of conversion, faith and hope for millions of believers.
Working in harmony with the bishops of France and with complete access to the Lourdes archives, twenty-two contributing writers relate in dramatic style the development of the shrine, its traditions and the personal journeys of many who work or have visited there. Written in an engaging fashion representing a variety of styles, The Wonders of Lourdes is an essential addition to a home library that makes a cherished gift to loved ones. A great preparation for the first Papal visit of Pope Benedict to Lourdes, planned for the autumn of 2008.
A Story of Faith, Science and Miracles
Bernard Guillaumet, a non-Christian French journalist, is assigned the job of doing a story on Lourdes in the late 1990s. Just before he leaves for Lourdes, Bernard learns that his wife is pregnant. However, he is not told that this pregnancy could put her life at risk-and that doctors are suggesting an abortion.
While researching for his report on Lourdes, Bernard comes across the pages of an old family manuscript.
The manuscript was written by his ancestor, Henri Guillaumet, a positivist scientist and nonbeliever who met Bernadette at Lourdes in 1858, a meeting which profoundly affected Henri and forced him to reconsider the miracles performed following the apparitions of the Madonna of Lourdes. One of the most important miracles Giullaumet had to reconsider was the healing of his wife Claire, who had been on her death bed as a result of tuberculosis, and was completely restored by the miraculous waters of the grotto in which Bernadette saw the Our Lady.
This intriguing film uses the pages of the manuscript to trace the stories of three lives- Bernadette, Henry and Bernard, three characters whose lives intertwine as they pursue parallel journeys according to the designs of Providence. Directed by Lodovico Gasparini (St. John Bosco, Don Matteo), stars Alessandro Gassman, Angele Osinski, and Sydne Rome, and written by Vittorio Messori (The Ratzinger Report).
This DVD contains the following language tracks: Italian with English and Spanish subtitles.
This is a Region 1 DVD (playable ONLY in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories).