Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Catherine Laboure and Our Lady

Saint Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal

We find our Angel and a future Saint in Paris, one of the most sophisticated cities in the world.  Hidden away on a side street, sandwiched in between two annexes of a giant department store, is the chapel where it all began.  From the street, all that can be seen is the address, 140 Rue du Bac, and a little plaque showing the front and back of the Miraculous Medal.  It's hardly noticeable to the bustling shoppers trying to avoid the cars that race down the street at breakneck speed. 

      A little sign reads La Chapelle de Medaille Miracleuse (Chapel of the Miraculous Medal). As you open the door and step into the courtyard, the contrast is incredible.  Outside is a jungle of humanity, embracing the world and all its trappings.  Inside, a peace and serenity embrace you, blanket you.  You find yourself drawn to the end of the courtyard, where it all began, 150 years ago.

      The area around Boulevard St. Germain looked much different in 1830, when Zoe Catherine Laboure‚ entered the mother house of the Sisters of Charity.  Paris was in an uproar at the time.  It had just come through one of the most devastating times in the history of France, the French Revolution.  During this plague on humanity, the Church was one of the main targets for persecution.  Churches were desecrated; sacrileges committed on their altars.  Priests and nuns were tortured, and exiled from the country at best, or killed at worst.  The Revolution fell, as it had to, because it was satanic.  But the attitude of the government towards the Church remained.

      The Revolution was followed by the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte.  While he reopened the Churches, he also attacked the Church.  He battled with Rome, was excommunicated, and placed the Pope under arrest.  After Bonaparte's reign ended in 1815, hell broke loose again in Paris; the Church had to go underground, once more.  By the year 1830, a new revolution was in the making. 

      We know Our Dear Lady was upset about how her priests and nuns, as well as the laity were being treated.  She searched the earth for a suitable soul, an innocent, pure vessel, who would  be worthy and willing to be filled.  Mary has never been known to back down from a battle, so why not begin her strategy for the salvation of France in the steaming streets of the city which had been her greatest supporter, but had become her greatest enemy?  Paris was no match for Mary.

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Saint Catherine Labouro and the Miraculous Medal

For more than a hundred and fifty years the Miraculous Medal has been known and worn by Catholics throughout the world. It has been used and promoted by great saints and Popes as a most powerful sacramental. Less well known is the story of the French Sister to whom the Blessed Virgin manifested the Medal in 1830. This Vision Book for 9 - 16 year olds tells the story of Catherine Laboure, a Burgundy farm girl who, after a prophetic dream of St. Vincent de Paul, became a Sister of Charity in Paris and later in Enghien, where she cooked and mended and cared for the inmates of a home for elderly men. To this obscure Sister the Blessed Virgin appeared, made prophecies, and commissioned the making of the Medal which soon came to be known as "miraculous" because of the favors wrought. St. Catherine Labouro lived a life of prayer and service to the poor, and was canonized in 1947. Illustrated


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We find our Angel and a future Saint in Paris, one of the most sophisticated cities in the world. Hidden away on a side street, sandwiched in between two annexes of a giant department store, is the chapel where it all began. From the street, all that can be seen is the address, 140 Rue du Bac, and a little plaque showing the front and back of the Miraculous Medal. It's hardly noticeable to the bustling shoppers trying to avoid the cars that race down the street at breakneck speed.

A little sign reads La Chapelle de Medaille Miracleuse (Chapel of the Miraculous Medal). As you open the door and step into the courtyard, the contrast is incredible. Outside is a jungle of humanity, embracing the world and all its trappings. Inside, a peace and serenity embrace you, blanket you. You find yourself drawn to the end of the courtyard, where it all began, 150 years ago.

The area around Boulevard St. Germain looked much different in 1830, when Zoe Catherine Laboure‚ entered the mother house of the Sisters of Charity. Paris was in an uproar at the time. It had just come through one of the most devastating times in the history of France, the French Revolution. During this plague on humanity, the Church was one of the main targets for persecution. Churches were desecrated; sacrileges committed on their altars. Priests and nuns were tortured, and exiled from the country at best, or killed at worst. The Revolution fell, as it had to, because it was satanic. But the attitude of the government towards the Church remained.

The Revolution was followed by the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte. While he reopened the Churches, he also attacked the Church. He battled with Rome, was excommunicated, and placed the Pope under arrest. After Bonaparte's reign ended in 1815, hell broke loose again in Paris; the Church had to go underground, once more. By the year 1830, a new revolution was in the making.

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