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Following the miracles and constructions, Bernadette decided she did not like the attention she was getting and went to the hospice school run by the Sisters of Charity of Nevers, where she was taught to read and write.
Though she considered joining the Carmelites, her health was too fragile.
Once a nun asked her if she had temptations of pride because she was favored by the Blessed Mother. She died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard at the age of 35 on April 16, 1879, while praying the holy rosary.
Even on her deathbed Bernadette suffered severe pain and, keeping with the Virgin Mary's admonition of "Penance, Penance, Penance," she proclaimed "all this is good for Heaven!
Permission was granted on April 25, 1879, and on April 30, the local Prefect pronounced his approval of the choice of the site for burial.
On May 30, 1879, Bernadette's coffin was transferred to the crypt of the chapel of Saint Joseph, where a very simple ceremony was held to commemorate the event.
" Bernadette's last words were, "Blessed Mary, Mother of God, pray for me.
Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. As a toddler, Bernadette contracted cholera and suffered extreme asthma.Some believed Bernadette's visions meant she needed to pray for penance.Church authorities and the French government rigorously interviewed the girl, and by 1862 they confirmed she spoke truth.Her parents were very poor and she was the first of nine children. Unfortunately, she lived the rest of her life in poor health.On Thursday, February 11, 1858, fourteen-year-old Bernadette was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood, when a very beautiful lady appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto called Massabielle (Tuta de Massavielha).