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Saint Catherine Laboure Of The Miraculous Medal

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Saint Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal by Rev. Joseph I. Dirvin, C.M.

 

This is the story of the saint through whom we received the Miraculous Medal.  No sacramental since the Rosary has had such an impact on the Church, and none has ever been diffused in such incredible numbers, with many millions of people all over the world wearing the Medal within a few years.  Since 1933, when it was exhumed and found miraculously preserved, the body of St. Catherine Laboure (1806-1876) has lain incorrupt at 140, rue du Bac, Paris, in the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, venerated by thousands of pilgrims each year.

Who was this St. Catherine Laboure, who during her lifetime chose to remain entirely unknown, except to her confessor, as the visionary of the Miraculous Medal?  To answer this question, the author spent 10 years in research, studying many documents never before available to her biographers and carrying out his investigation in Paris, Rome and Catherine's own village.  What he has produced here is a definitive life of the Saint which is at once highly readable and inspiring.

 


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0-89555-242-6
9780895552426
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8 1/2"  (21.5 cm) x 5 1/2"  (13.9 cm)
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St. Catherine Laboure

St. Catherine Laboure Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/28
Tridentine Calendar - 12/31


Patron Of: Miraculous Medal

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    Ninth of eleven children born to a farm family, and from an early age felt a call to the religious life. Never learned to read or write. Forced to take over running the house at age eight after her mother died and her older sister joined the Sisters of Charity. Worked as a waitress in her uncle's cafe in Paris. Upon entering a hospital run by the Sisters of Charity she received a vision in which Saint Vincent de Paul told her that God wanted her to work with the sick, and she later joined the order, taking the name Catherine.

    On 18 July 1830 she had a vision of Our Lady who described to her a medal which she wished struck. On one side it has the image of Our Lady, and the words, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee"; on the other are the hearts of Jesus and Mary. Our Lady told Catherine that wearers of the medal would receive great graces, it has become known as the Miraculous Medal, and its wearing and devotion has spread worldwide. Miracles reported at her tomb.

Born
    2 May 1806 at Fain-les-Moûtiers, Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France as Zoe Laboure

Died
    31 December 1876 at Enghien-Reuilly, France; body incorrupt; entombed in her convent chapel

Beatified
    1933 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized
    27 July 1947 by Pope Pius XII


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/27
Tridentine Calendar - 09/27


Patron Of: Charitable Societies, Charity, Horses, Hospital Workers, Hospitals, Lepers, Prisoners, Spiritual Help, Volunteers

Profile
    Born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acqs getting an education. Tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acqs. He began divinity studies in 1596 at the University of Toulouse. Ordained at age 20.

    Taken captive by Turkish pirates to Tunis, and sold into slavery. Freed in 1607 when he converted one of his owners to Christianity.

    Returning to France, he served as parish priest near Paris where he started organizations to help the poor, nursed the sick, found jobs for the unemployed, etc. Chaplain at the court of Henry IV of France. With Louise de Marillac, founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. Instituted the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists). Worked always for the poor, the enslaved, the abandoned, the ignored, the pariahs.

Born

    1581 near Ranquine, Gascony near Dax, southwest France; the town is now known as Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Landes, France

Died
    1660 at Paris, France; body incorrupt

Beatified
    21 August 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII

Canonized
    16 June 1737 by Pope Clement XII


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