Ordinary Time: November 27th
Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Other Commemorations: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Hist)
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is commemorated in some regions, recalling when Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Labouré and revealed her the images of the medal she wished to have struck.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
In the year 1830, Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Labouré, a Daughter of Charity in Paris, and told her that God had a mission for her. Standing upon a globe, the Virgin Mary held a golden ball which she seemed to offer to God, and on her fingers were rings with gems that emitted rays of light. She told St. Catherine, "These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them. The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask." Afterward, the ball, symbolizing the world and each person, disappeared, and she held her hands outstretched in the manner of a loving mother, while rays of light continued to cascade upon the globe at her feet as she stood atop the serpent's head. Framing the image in an oval were the words, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." St. Catherine then saw an image of an M upon which was a cross. Underneath the M was Our Lord's heart crowned with thorns and Our Lady's heart pierced by a sword. Surrounding this image were 12 stars. The Blessed Virgin instructed St. Catherine to have a medal made of these images, and she promised many graces to all who wear it.
Highlights and Things to Do:
- Read the inspiring story of the converson of Alphonse Ratisbonne. For a an entire book on the subject see The conversion of Marie-Alphonse Ratisbonne by Bussieres, Theodore de, Baron.
- Read more about the Miraculous Medal at the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal and obtain a free Miraculous Medal.
- Learn more about the meaning of the medal at EWTN.
- Read the biography of St. Catherine Labouré by Fr. Joseph Dirvin, Saint Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal.