Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Miraculous Medal and St. Catherine Labouré

The Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is a medal created by Saint Catherine Labouré in response to a request from the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Catherine was born on May 2, 1806 and at an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. She stated that on the night of July 18, 1830 she awoke upon hearing a voice of a child calling her to the sisters' chapel (located in the Rue du Bac, Paris), where she heard the Blessed Virgin Mary say to her, “God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world.”

The chapel in which Saint Catherine experienced her visions is located at the mother house of the Daughters of Charity in Paris. The bodies of Saint Catherine Labouré and Saint Louise de Marillac, a co-founder of the Daughters of Charity, are preserved in the chapel, which continues to receive daily visits from Catholic pilgrims today.

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