Tuesdevo: The Lady and A Lady

Her name was Ruth. Walking into her home was like entering a hobbit-world. She was short in stature and her ceilings were low. She served tea with cookies and had a way of making anyone feel at home.  She was a good good Presbyterian who was worshiping at our local United Methodist Church. She had a complicated physical ailment which she explained to me but which I never understood. And she claimed she had been healed. Ruth had made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, and something wonderful happened to her there.

Bernadette Soubirous

Bernadette Soubirous

She has passed on now; but many years on February 11 – the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – I think of Ruth. The good Presbyterian, faithful United Methodist, with a strong reverence for things Roman Catholic. Ruth ‘kept it real’. She had love in her heart for Bernadette Soubirous. She expressed wonder for what happened at Lourdes. Her eyes and heart were on Jesus.

If you get the chance and are so inclined, Franz Werfel’s classic book The Song of Bernadette is well worth the read.

Have a blessed Tuesday.


New York Times 1943 Review of the Academy Award winning movie: The Song of Bernadette



Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.