Saint of the Week:
St. Catherine Labouré
“I knew nothing. I was nothing. For this reason God picked me out.”
FEAST DAY: November 28
On November 27, 1830, Mother Mary appeared to Catherine. She saw Mary standing on a globe, with rays of light flooding from her hands. Later Catherine gave this account of the vision: “As I was busy contemplating her, the Blessed Virgin fixed Her eyes upon me, and a voice said in the depths of my heart: This globe which you see represents the whole world, especially France, and each person in particular. There now formed around the Blessed Virgin a frame rather oval in shape on which were written in letters of gold these words: O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. Then a voice said to me: Have a medal struck upon this model. All those who wear it, when it is blessed, will receive great graces especially if they wear it ‘round the neck. Those who repeat this prayer with devotion will be in a special manner under the protection of the Mother of God.”
With the permission of the Archbishop of Paris, Father M. Aladel, Catherine’s confessor, had 1500 medals made in 1832. By the time of Catherine’s death in 1876, over a billion medals had been made and distributed. This sacramental came to be known as the Miraculous Medal due to the countless miracles and conversions attributed to Our Lady’s intercession for those who wore it.