St. Catherine Laboure

Feast Day – November 28

Patron Saint of Purity and Innocence

St. Catherine Laboure

St. Catherine Laboure was born in France at the beginning of the 1800’s.  She took care of her siblings after her mother died and was a devout, obedient child.  After entering the convent of the Daughters of Charity at a young age, she began receiving visions of the Virgin Mary.  The first time she had one of these visions, she was awoken by a young boy who told her, “The Blessed Virgin awaits you.”  She was led to the chapel to find Our Lady sitting in the sanctuary.  Mary counseled and talked to Catherine, telling her of the many trials and difficulties both she and the Church would face.  She instructed St. Catherine in many ways including in the creation of the Miraculous Medal.  After 40 years of seeing Mary, she finally told others (besides her confessor) how she had seen visions of Mary for much of her life.  She died on December 31, 1876 and celebrated the Solemnity of Mary in Heaven.

If you don’t have a miraculous medal in your house, you should look into blessing your home with one.  On the front of the metal, Mary is standing on top of the world with a serpent under her feet.  She has the words, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee,” circling her picture.  On the back of the circle, twelve stars surround a large “M,” from which a cross arises. The two hearts below the “M” represent those of Jesus, crowned with thorns, and of Mary, pierced by a sword.miraculous metal

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