Our Lady in the year 1830,
appeared to Sister Catherine Laboure.
This took place in the Chapel of the Motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity, 140 Rue du Bac in
On the night of July 19, Sister Catherine was
awakened by an angel who led her to the chapel to meet for the first time with The Blessed Virgin
The Blessed Mother told her all the problems that would occur in France and the
Church in the future.
On November 27,
1830 while Sister Catherine was
meditating in the chapel,
The Blessed Mother showed herself in two visions:
- First she was seen standing on a globe while
clasping in hand another globe surmounted by a cross. This smaller globe then disappeared and
her hands were shown - outstretched. The Blessed Mother were covered with rings set in precious
stones which reflected rays of many colors. An oval which appeared around the full figure of the
Blessed Virgin Mother were the words, O
Mary Conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
- The vision changed and Sister Catherine saw the
letter "M" surmounted on a cross, standing on a bar. Below this two hearts were shown:
- The Sacred Heart surrounded by thorns.
- The other the Sorrowful Heart penetrated by a sword.
The second part of the vision are the two sides
of the Miraculous Medal which Sister Catherine was instructed to have made. The Medal was
made according to Our Blessed Mother design. The Medal is a symbol of Mary's love and all
who wear the Medal will receive great graces, her maternal protection.
The Original Miraculous Medal
St. Catherine Laboure also known as Zoe Laboure and Catherine Labore. Catherine Laboure was born on May 2, 1806 in the tiny village of Fain-les-moutiers, France.
Catherine Laboure mother died when she was only nine years old. In the midst of her terrible grief at her mother's passing, Catherine turned to Our Lady. Climbing up on a chair, she reached for a statue of the Blessed Virgin that stood high on a shelf in her mother's bed - room, clasped it to her breast, and said aloud: "Now, dear Blessed Mother, you will be my mother."
St. Catherine Laboure received apparitions and the Miraculous Medal from the Blessed Virgin Mother. The 1st apparition of the Blessed Virgin was on July 19, 1830 Chapel Rue du Bac 140, Paris.
St. Catherine Laboure one of the few Saints to be allowed to touch the Blessed Virgin Mother. During the 1st apparition when the Blessed Mother appeared and sat on a chair. St. Catherine Laboure within a moment she is on her knees in front of the Blessed Virgin, with her hands confidently folded on the Blessed Virgin Mary's knees.
St. Catherine Laboure one of the few Saints to be allowed to touch the Blessed Virgin Mother.
Sister Catherine Laboure, a novice
in the Daughters of Charity convent, became Saint Catherine. Saint Catherine a daughter
[spiritual] of Saint Louise de Marillac and Saint Vincent de Paul.
November 28th: Our Lady
of the Miraculous Medal, Feast Day
November 28th: Saint Catherine Laboure, Feast Day.