I just wrote a newspaper article about the St. Bernadette statue coming to one of our local area churches as part of a 40-town tour of the U.S. this summer. One of the volunteers at the church said that, not only did he help coordinate the event, but he made sure his four children were at the event as well. He said the cultural winds are getting more than a bit skewed. That is, abortion, gender fluidity, and so on, are totally antithetical to Catholic Church teaching, he said. What’s more, he continued, the society is practically deifying sports figures and Hollywood actors / actresses. Yet people like St. Bernadette (St. Francis, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Joan of Arc…), who led tremendously heroic spiritual lives, are hardly recognized anymore, except within certain small circles.