St. Catherine Laboure

  • Author: Fr. Joseph Dirvin
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Pages: 254 pages
  • Product Description: This is the story of the famous saint through whom we received the Miraculous Medal. No sacramental since the Rosary has had such an impact on the Church. The Medal of the Immaculate Conception, commonly called the Miraculous Medal, was manifested to a spiritual daughter of St. Vincent de Paul, Sister (now Saint) Catherine Laboure. This took place in the chapel of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, 140 rue du Bac, Paris, France. Sister Catherine during her novitiate days, received extraordinary favors from God, such as visions of the heart of St. Vincent and manifestations of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. In 1830 she was blessed with the apparitions of Mary Immaculate to which we owe the Miraculous Medal. The front of the Medal represents Mary standing on the earth, her foot crushing the head of a serpent and her hands outstretched to all who ask her assistance. The prayer encircling her contains one of her most precious titles: ?O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.' The rays of light from her hands symbolize the graces which she is only too eager to bestow upon those who wear her Medal and pray to her. On the reverse of the Medal: a large M surmounted by a bar and a cross; beneath the M were the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the one crowned with thorns, the other pierced with a sword. The Medal was made according to Our Lady's design. It was freely circulated and in a short time was worn by millions. In its wake followed wonder innumerable. Health was restored; sickness banished; bad habits broken; special graces given; dangers averted; blessings bestowed?until the little Medal of the Immaculate Conception became known by the name it bears today, the Miraculous Medal.

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