Thursday, February 3, 2011

Le Cachot

Le cachot was the hovel where St. Bernadette and her family were living when she saw Our Lady at the grotto of Massabielle in 1858. I first visited it in April 1994 and it was a moving and grace-filled experience. In St. Bernadette's time it was described thus:
The room was dark ... In the backyard was the privy which overflowed and made the place stink. We kept the dung–heap there ... The Soubirous were destitute: two poor beds, one on the right as you entered, and the other on the same side nearer to the fireplace ... They had only a little trunk to put all their linen in ... My wife lent them some chemises: they were full of vermin ... She often gave them a bit of bread made of millet. Yet the little ones never asked for anything. They would rather have starved. ~AndrĂ© Sajous, owner of Cachot, 1875
Novena Prayer

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.


Mary N. said...

Thanks for sharing the picture and the quote. The author is right, it doesn't look very glamorous in St. Bernadette's house. Our Lady often appears to the poor it seems.

Nancy Reyes said...

it says a lot about the places I've lived and worked to say that this doesn't look that bad.

She was poor working class, and I suspect a lot of poor working class folks still live like that today...a lot better than under the underpasses in Manila or in the shanties nearby...

Julygirl said...

I was going to least it does not have a dirt floor which many of our ancestors had to live with...however it is a humble setting, and it may have had a dirt floor at the time.

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