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Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
November 27th

From the St. Andrew's Missal and from
Rev. Joseph Dirvin, C.M., "The Miraculous Medal."

    Our Blessed Lady appearing in the year 1830 to St. Catherine Laboure, a Sister of Charity, showed her the pattern of the medal now universally known as the "Miraculous Medal," because of the many wonders which it has pleased almighty God to work by its means in His Church. The proper name of the Medal is the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. This doctrine is symbolically portrayed in the representation of Mary crushing the head of the serpant, a reference to Genesis 3:15, "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed; she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for thy heel." It is specifically mentioned in the golden letters which formed round the Virgin: "O Mary, conceived without sin...." There can be no doubt that the apparition of the Medal hastened the definition of the Immaculate Conception. It was indeed the "great sign" that "appeared in the heavens," an indication that time was ripe for the vindication of Mary's glorious privilege. Pius IX himself asserted that the impetus for his pronouncement came from France.

Saint Catherine Laboure, Virgin
November 28th

From the St. Andrew's Missal and from
Rev. Joseph Dirvin, C.M., "The Miraculous Medal."

    Catherine Laboure was born on May 2, 1806. She entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, rue de Bac, Paris, where our Lady revealed to her in 1830 the Miraculous Medal of the Immaculate Conception. She was afterwards placed in the Hospice of Enghien, Faubourg Saint-Antoine, where she apent forty-five years, performing the humblest tasks in perfect obedience, devotion, and silence. She died on Secember 31, 1876; and was canonized by Pius XII on July 27, 1947. Her incorrupt body lies beneath an altar built on the spot where Our Lady appeared to her.


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