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Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope, and Charity Paperback – October 1, 2007
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About the Author
Groeschel is professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York. He is the Director for the Office of Spiritual Development of the archdiocese of New York, he is also a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He is the founder of Trinity Retreat, a center of prayer and study for the clergy.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is not just another biography on Saint Bernadette, but goes much farther. The first three chapters do an excellent job of going over Bernadette Soubirous early life and the history and circumstances of the time along with a nicely detailed description of the apparition and the reaction by Bernadette and the towns people. You get easily drawn into the times and the reactions both positive and negative that occurred. Also covered is her life in the convent and just how accurate was the Virgin Mary telling her "I cannot promise you happiness in this life, only in the next."
A subsequent chapter covers the growing coverage on Lourdes and some of the battled between various authors documenting the events and the errors that cropped up. I found this chapter highly ironic for those covering the life of the saint were quite willing to expose the errors of other authors while never correcting there own.
The next two major sections of the book cover the start of the pilgrimages to Lourdes, Bernadette's canonization, miracles both physical and spiritual, and the reality of Lourdes today. One thing I really liked about the book was that it was pitch perfect in its theological descriptions. It contained one of the best descriptions of canonization and sainthood that I have read and even got the detail right that papal canonization are in fact infallible.Read more ›
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Very good book on Lourdes and its spiritual meaning for todays secularized, spiritually defunct society.Published 18 months ago by Paula Mahinske
I enjoy reading all I can about Lourdes and Ms. Ficocelli grabbed my interest. I at times did not want to put it down. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bro. Jeffery OSB
More BS from the xtians. About as believable as their talking snake and flood myth.Published 24 months ago by Alana Joseph
Really like this book and very happy to have it in Kindle format. I will read this many times.Published on July 7, 2014 by Christine
It an amazing book. I read it 3 times. Please read it and see what happened duing this time period.Published on December 9, 2012 by Colin Werner
Lourdes Font of Faith, Hope and Charity by Elizabeth Ficocelli is an amazing book. very detail which will help me with my trip to Lourdes. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by Sandra Samaniego
I really did want to love this book - I liked a Medjugorje book written by the same author. However, this is very dry reading, IMO. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by A reader