St. Catherine Labouré, Virgin

Saint Catherine, Pray for us!

St. Catherine Labouré, was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared her, who then was a twenty-four year old novice.

On July 18, the first apparition occurred in the community’s motherhouse. St. Catherine beheld a lady seated on the right side of the sanctuary. When St. Catherine approached her, the heavenly visitor told her how to act in time of trial and pointed to the altar as the source of all consolation. Promising to entrust St. Catherine with a mission which would cause her great suffering, the lady also predicted the anticlerical revolt which occurred at Paris in 1870.

On November 27, the Lady showed St. Catherine the medal of the Immaculate Conception, now universally known as the “Miraculous Medal.” She commissioned St. Catherine to have one made, and to spread devotion to this medal. At that time, only her spiritual director, Father Aladel, knew of the apparitions. Forty-five years later, St. Catherine spoke fully of the apparitions to one of her superiors. She died on December 31, 1876, and was canonized on July 27, 1947. Her feast day is November 28.

REFLECTION

Do you think the statements of the universal efficacy  of the Miraculous Medal incredible or exaggerated? Then give it a trial, and you will surely find by your own experience that none who trust in the Holy Mother of God shall be confounded; that She shall heap upon you treasures of joy and gladness; that ” Her ways are beautiful ways, all Her paths are peaceable; that she is the Tree of Life to them that lay hold on Her; and that he who shall retain Her is blessed forever.”

PRAYER

O Holy Virgin, who by Your humility became worthy to be the Mother of God and such You are the Mother , the Refuge of Sinners, the Advocate through the intercession of St. Catherine Labouré may I obtain pardon of my sins and genuine conversion of myself  we ask this through Your Maternal Intercession and in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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