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Bernadette Soubirous (7 January 1844 – 16 April 1879) was a Catholic mystic, known for experiencing Marian apparitions at Lourdes in 1858.
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- I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them.
Why must we suffer? Because here below pure Love cannot exist without suffering. O Jesus, Jesus, I no longer feel my cross when I think of yours.
- 1873. Quoted in A Holy Life: St. Bernadette of Lourdes (2005) by Patricia McEachern, ch. 2.