Monday, November 27, 2017


TUESDAY, 34th Week in Ordinary Time

November 28, 2017 – TUESDAY, 34th Week in Ordinary Time 
St. Catherine Laboure, Religious

Dn 2: 31 - 45 /   Lk 21: 5 - 11

St. Catherine Laboure (1806 - 1879), a nun of the Daughters of Charity, had apparitions of Our Lady in 1830 at their motherhouse in Paris.

From the GOSPEL READING:  Lk 21: 5-9
     While some people were talking about the Temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, "The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire, all will be torn down." And they asked him, "Master, when will this be and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?"

     Jesus then said, "Take care not to be deceived, for many will come claiming my title and saying, 'I am he, the Messiah; the time is at hand.' Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don't be frightened; for all this must happen first, even though the end is not so soon."

     On the feast day of St. Catherine Laboure, a religious of the Daughters of Charity who received apparitions from Our Lady in 1830 at their motherhouse in Paris, we recall the "Miraculous Medal," also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, the design of which was originated by St. Catherine from the apparitions of Our Lady to her. It is called the Miraculous Medal because of many special favors and graces received by those who wear it with faith and devotion. The goldsmith Adrien Vachette made the medal on instructions from St. Catherine.

     The medal shows Our Lady as she appeared to St. Catherine on 27 November 1830, inside and oval frame, standing upon a globe. She wore rings set with gems, which radiated light from her hands. At the margin of the oval frame are the words, "0 Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." The year
1830 is inscribed at the bottom of the frame.

     At the back side of the medal there is a circle with twelve stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and the Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced by a sword.

     St. Catherine was instructed to bring these images to her confessor and to have the medallion made, saying, "All who wear them will receive great graces."

     The chapel where Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine is at the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris. The incorrupt bodies of St. Catherine and of St. Louise de Marillac, co-founder of the Daughters of Charity, are in the chapel

     We pray to our Mother with great confidence, "Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.



Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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