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About the Author

Elizabeth Ficocelli is a bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen books for adults and young people. Her books include Seven from Heaven, Shower of Heavenly Roses, and Lourdes. She has been published in numerous Catholic magazines such as Columbia, America, St. Anthony Messenger, and Liguorian. Ficocelli is a frequent guest on EWTN television programs and on Catholic radio. She is also the host of Answering the Call on her local St. Gabriel Catholic Radio, in which she interviews priests, deacons, and religious about their vocations. A popular national speaker at conferences, parishes, schools, and retreats, Ficocelli is a convert and the mother of four boys. She and her husband of twenty-eight years live in Columbus, Ohio.

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809144867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809144860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffrey Miller VINE VOICE on March 16, 2008
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This being the 150th anniversary of the apparition in Lourdes of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette, Paulist Press commissioned Elizabeth Ficocelli to do a book covering Lourdes - Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope, and Charity. The author found that while there was a wealth of books on the saint and Lourdes in other languages, that there were not that many in English.

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.
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Elizabeth Ficocelli has writen a wonderful blend of history and spiritual truth that has come out of the print and captured my heart. It is a incredibly balanced book on events that lead this believer to examine her own heart and how her own personnel healing came about.
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This is a great resource on the historical and contemporary Lourdes. The first chapter of the book presents the story of the apparitions in a simple, straightforward manner. Some of the earliest accounts of Lourdes suffered from exaggeration and lack of full adherence to the facts. Elizabeth applies her journalistic skills to create an accurate and factual account of the historical Lourdes. She tells the inspiring story of Bernadette and the other visionaries and outlines how Lourdes grew from a sleepy little town to a place that attracts on a yearly basis an estimated 5 million people of all faiths. In addition, Elizabteh has created a great guide to the modern day Lourdes that will be an invaluable resource for anyone planning a pilgrimage to the site.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the author's approach to a beautiful story and her ability to demonstrate in a tangible way the message and meaning of Lourdes. This is a story told through the eyes of a person of great faith and insight.
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My wife and I will forever be grateful to Ms. Ficocelli for her excellent work on Lourdes. After having read Font of Faith Hope and Charity during 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"!

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I read this book in anticipation of my recent pilgrimage to Lourdes and Fatima. I was somewhat disappointed. It mostly reads much like a travel guide rather than, as I had expected, a spiritual one.
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Excellent book to learn about the Lourdes and the message of the apparitions. The author is vivid and clear in her narration. Well written book!
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I read this enroute to Lourdes with a group from our parish. It really helped to understand the whole story behind the experiences we were to share during our visit. It wasn't as engrossing as Walsh's "Our Lady of Fatima", but was of great benefit to me.
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