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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Father Carl's Stepping Stones; little reminders to keep us on the right path! #2

My Friend - This week is most memorable because we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, recalling the various and numerous blessings given us. The Vincentian Family adds some other festivities to it: November 27 -- Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal commemorating the appearance of Mary to St. Catherine Laboure on this day; November 28 - the Feast of St. Catherine Laboure; and November 29 - the Founding of the Daughters of Charity. With this anniversary falling on Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent this year, there will be no external celebration - but it is observed quietly within the community and its individuals. You and your loved ones will be kept in our prayers as we observe these feast days. - Fr. Carl
"Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."
St. Catherine Laboure, pray for us.
On November 27 1830 at 5:30 pm, during meditation, St Catherine LabourĂ© saw at the present location of the Virgin of the Globe (Rue de Bac) a vision of the Blessed Virgin. She was standing on a globe holding in her hands a small golden globe, her feet crushing a serpent. Coming from the open hands of the Blessed Virgin were beautiful rays of light. At that same moment Catherine heard a voice saying: “These rays are symbols of graces that Mary obtains for people.” Then an oval formed around the vision and Catherine saw emblazoned in a semi-circle this invocation written in gold letters, and until then unknown: “O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to you”. Then the oval turned and Catherine saw on the reverse side, the letter M surmounted with a little cross and below it the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Catherine then heard these words: “Have a medal made as this. Those who wear it with confidence will receive great graces.”• further information about the Miraculous Medal and St Catherine LabourĂ© can be found at the official website of the Chapel of the Rue de Bac.