On July 19, 1830, an angel awakened a 24 year old novice of the Daughters of Charity, Catherine Labouré and said, “Come to the chapel; the Blessed Virgin is waiting for you.”
When she arrived at the chapel, brilliantly lit as if it were readied for Midnight Mass, Catherine was led to the sanctuary and knelt at the communion rail and then she heard the rustle of a silk dress. The illuminated Blessed Virgin then sat in a chair. Catherine went and knelt beside the chair and rested her hands in the Virgin's lap. The Blessed Mother wrapped her arms around Catherine, as she said:
"God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world."1
According to the Story of St. Catherine Labouré 2 the Blessed Mother then had a pained expression on her face when she continued speaking, “ Come to the foot of the altar. Graces will be shed on all, great and little, especially upon those who seek them. Another community of sisters will join the Rue du Bac community. The community will become large; you will have the protection of God and Saint Vincent; I will always have my eyes upon you.” The article states that this prediction “was fulfilled when, in 1849, Fr. Etienne received Saint Elizabeth Seton’s sisters of Emmitsburg, MD, into the Paris community."
The Blessed Mother returned on November 27, 1830 with the request to have a medal created that we now know as the Miraculous Medal with the words, “Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
St . Catherine Labouré pray for us today during these evil times in our world that we may have courage when we are ridiculed and contradicted, and that we may have the grace to do what is necessary when confronting evil.
Blessed Mother, please continue to keep your eyes upon us and pray for us.
1Dirvin, C.M., Joseph I. (1958). Saint Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal. Tan Books & Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-89555-242-6.