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Saint Catherine Laboure

Born: May, 2, 1806 in Fain-lès-Moutiers, Côte-d'Or, France

Died: December 31, 1876 in Enghien-les-Bains, Seine-et-Oise, France

Venerated: Catholic Church

Beatified: May 28, 1933 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized: July 27, 1947 by Pope Pius XII

Feast Day: November 28

Patronages: Miraculous Medal; Infirmed People; the Elderly

Saint Catherine Laboure was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure, who then was a 24-year-old novice.

On July 18, the first apparition occurred in the community’s motherhouse. Saint Catherine behold a lady seated on the left side of the sanctuary. When Saint Catherine approached her, the heavenly visitor told her how to act in time of trial and pointed to the altar as the source of all consolation. Promising to entrust Saint Catherine with a mission which would cause her great suffering, the lady also predicted the anticlerical revolt which occurred in Paris in 1870.

On November 27, the lady showed Saint Catherine the medal of the Immaculate Conception now universally known as “The Miraculous Medal.” She commissioned Saint Catherine to have one made, and to spread devotion to this medal.

At that time, only her spiritual director, Father Aladel, knew of the apparitions. Forty-Five years later, Saint Catherine spoke fully of the apparitions to one of her superiors. She died on December 31, 1876 and was canonized on July 27, 1947 by Pope Pius XII.

PRAYER: O Lord Jesus Christ, You were pleased to gladden the holy Virgin Catherine by the wonderful apparition of Your Immaculate Mother. Grant that we may follow the example of the same Saint in honoring Your most holy Mother with filial devotion and obtain the joy of eternal life. Amen.