Today, in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, we watched Song of Bernadette, a film about Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl who was visited by Our Lady.
There are several versions of the story in film, but the best by far is the 1943 version starring Jennifer Jones and Vincent Price.
This quote begins the movie:
“For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible.”
-Franz Werfel (1890-1945)
When I was looking up the spelling of Bernadette’s last name and the IMDb film link just now, I found a video of Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt singing “Song of Bernadette,” by Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen:
And here’s Jennifer Warnes doing it:
I found the backstory on Jennifer’s inspiration in writing this song at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity website.