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In another appearance to St. Faustina, the Christ Child told her, “… I keep company with you as a child to teach you humility and simplicity” (Diary, 184) — revealing to her the key virtues of the way of spiritual childhood. Jesus’ revelations here are very close to the spirit of St. Therese, “The Little Flower.” Therese wrote in her Autobiography: “Jesus has chosen to show me the only way that leads to the divine furnace of love; it is the way of childlike self-surrender, the way of a child who sleeps, afraid of nothing in its Father’s arms.” The way of spiritual childhood, however, is not childish. It is not excessively sentimental or naive. Rather, it involves a total surrender to our heavenly Father’s providential care — total abandonment of our own plans, opinions, and self-will, and radical trust in God. Saint Faustina knew very well how difficult such a childlike trust in God could be — especially in times of trouble and sorrow. She knew that the key was to rely on Jesus rather than herself every step of the way. One time, while adoring the Blessed Sacrament, she described a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus in her arms. Mary told her “to accept all that God asked of [you] like a little child, without questioning.” Saint Faustina prayed to the Lord in response: “Do with me as You please; I am ready for everything, but You, O Lord, must not abandon me even for a moment” (Diary, 529).

In another appearance to St. Faustina, the Christ Child told her, “… I keep company with you as a child to teach you humility and simplicity” (Diary, 184) — revealing to her the key virtues of the way of spiritual childhood. Jesus’ revelations here are very close to the spirit of St. Therese, “The Little Flower.” Therese wrote in her Autobiography: “Jesus has chosen to show me the only way that leads to the divine furnace of love; it is the way of childlike self-surrender, the way of a child who sleeps, afraid of nothing in its Father’s arms.”

The way of spiritual childhood, however, is not childish. It is not excessively sentimental or naive. Rather, it involves a total surrender to our heavenly Father’s providential care — total abandonment of our own plans, opinions, and self-will, and radical trust in God. Saint Faustina knew very well how difficult such a childlike trust in God could be — especially in times of trouble and sorrow. She knew that the key was to rely on Jesus rather than herself every step of the way. One time, while adoring the Blessed Sacrament, she described a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus in her arms. Mary told her “to accept all that God asked of [you] like a little child, without questioning.” Saint Faustina prayed to the Lord in response: “Do with me as You please; I am ready for everything, but You, O Lord, must not abandon me even for a moment” (Diary, 529).

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SAINT JOSEPH VIRGINAL HUSBAND OF MARY – SAINT JOSEPH VIRGINAL HUSBAND OF MARY Saint Joseph, I honor you as the true husband of Mary. Scripture says: “Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, and of her was born Jesus who is called Christ” (Matt. 1:16). Your marriage to Mary was a sacred contract by which you and Mary gave yourselves to each other. Mary really belonged to you with all she was and had. You had a right to her love and obedience; and no other person so won her esteem, obedience, and love. You were also the protector and witness of Mary’s virginity. By your marriage you gave to each other your virginity, and also the mutual right over it — a right to safeguard the other’s virtue. This mutual virginity also belonged to the divine plan of the Incarnation, for God sent His angel to assure you that motherhood and virginity in Mary could be united. This union of marriage not only brought you into daily familiar association with Mary, the loveliest of God’s creatures, but also enabled you to share with her a mutual exchange of spiritual goods. And Mary found her edification in your calm, humble, and deep virtue, purity, and sanctity. What a great honor comes to you from this close union with her whom the Son of God calls Mother and whom He declared the Queen of heaven and earth! Whatever Mary had belonged by right to you also, and this included her Son, even though He had been given to her by God in a wonderful way. Jesus belonged to you as His legal father. Your marriage was the way which God chose to have Jesus introduced into the world, a great divine mystery from which all benefits have come to us. God the Son confided the guardianship and the support of His Immaculate Mother to your care. Mary’s life was that of the Mother of the Savior, who did not come upon earth to enjoy honors and pleasures, but to redeem the world by hard work, suffering, and the cross. You were the faithful companion, support, and comforter of the Mother of Sorrows. How loyal you were to her in poverty, journeying, work, and pain. Your love for Mary was based upon your esteem for her as Mother of God. After God and the Divine Child, you loved no one as much as her. Mary responded to this love. She submitted to your guidance with naturalness and easy grace and childlike confidence. The Holy Spirit Himself was the bond of the great love which united your hearts. Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being the virginal husband of Mary. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus with all my heart, as you did, and love Mary with some of the tenderness and loyalty with which you loved her.

SAINT JOSEPH VIRGINAL HUSBAND OF MARY

Saint Joseph, I honor you as the true husband of Mary. Scripture says: “Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, and of her was born Jesus who is called Christ” (Matt. 1:16). Your marriage to Mary was a sacred contract by which you and Mary gave yourselves to each other. Mary really belonged to you with all she was and had. You had a right to her love and obedience; and no other person so won her esteem, obedience, and love.

You were also the protector and witness of Mary’s virginity. By your marriage you gave to each other your virginity, and also the mutual right over it — a right to safeguard the other’s virtue. This mutual virginity also belonged to the divine plan of the Incarnation, for God sent His angel to assure you that motherhood and virginity in Mary could be united.

This union of marriage not only brought you into daily familiar association with Mary, the loveliest of God’s creatures, but also enabled you to share with her a mutual exchange of spiritual goods. And Mary found her edification in your calm, humble, and deep virtue, purity, and sanctity. What a great honor comes to you from this close union with her whom the Son of God calls Mother and whom He declared the Queen of heaven and earth! Whatever Mary had belonged by right to you also, and this included her Son, even though He had been given to her by God in a wonderful way. Jesus belonged to you as His legal father. Your marriage was the way which God chose to have Jesus introduced into the world, a great divine mystery from which all benefits have come to us.

God the Son confided the guardianship and the support of His Immaculate Mother to your care. Mary’s life was that of the Mother of the Savior, who did not come upon earth to enjoy honors and pleasures, but to redeem the world by hard work, suffering, and the cross. You were the faithful companion, support, and comforter of the Mother of Sorrows. How loyal you were to her in poverty, journeying, work, and pain. Your love for Mary was based upon your esteem for her as Mother of God. After God and the Divine Child, you loved no one as much as her. Mary responded to this love. She submitted to your guidance with naturalness and easy grace and childlike confidence. The Holy Spirit Himself was the bond of the great love which united your hearts.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being the virginal husband of Mary. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus with all my heart, as you did, and love Mary with some of the tenderness and loyalty with which you loved her.

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“the more we retreat from the culture at large the more room we will have to carve out lives of meaning, the more we will be able to wall off the flood of illusions disseminated by mass culture and the more we will retain sanity in an insane world. The goal will become the ability to endure”-Chis Hedges -Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

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“Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with Thee, Blessed art Thou amongst women and Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus. Amen. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

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The Amazing and Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe-“The Miraculous Graces of Our Holy Mother Lives in Our Hearts Forever through Our Love.”-Owen Joseph/shannan suzzette

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FATIMA PRAYER: Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – I adore thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. Amen

“Let this prayer be echoed all over the world.” – Holy Mary Mother of God

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The Medal of Miracles was first distributed to children as children are best at teaching and reminding and converting their parents. so the Medal of Miracles was distributed to children to help them teach their parents how to pray to the Holy Mother and embrace the Holy Mother in humility as their mother in heaven who is always present with them and will always be there for them and will always love them. the Mission of Saint Catherine Laboure and Our Holy Mother and Her Medal of Miracles is Pray the Rosary and Receive Abundant Graces and Healing from the Beautiful Immaculate Heart of Your Holy Mother in Heaven. “Keep Your Faith and Walk In Confidence” –Saint Catherine Laboure was born the daughter of a farmer on May 2, 1806 in Fain-les Moutiers France. She never went to school, as her mother died when she was only eight, and she took care of the family. She joined the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at Chatillion in 1830 taking the name of Catherine, and was sent to the Rue de Bac Convent in Paris. Almost at once she began to experience a series of visions of our Lady in the chapel of the convent, and in several of them was asked by the Lady in the vision to strike a medal showing the Lady and honoring the Immaculate Conception. Her confessor, Fr. Aladel, secured permision from Archbishop Quelen of Paris to have the medals struck, and in 1832 the first 1500 of what were to be millions of medals were minted — the famous Miraculous Medal. The visions were approved as authentic in 1836 by a special commission appointed by the archbishop, and the popularity of the medal spread all over the world. Catherine spent the years from 1831 to her death performing menial tasks at the Hospice d’Enghein, revealing none of her visions to anyone but her confessor until a few months before her death on December 31, 1876, She was canonized in 1947 and we celebrate her feast on November 28.

Saint Catherine Laboure Feast Day November 28

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The fact that St. Catherine rested her hands on the lap of the Blessed Mother did not make her a saint. She personally worked no miracles, nor did she practice externally heroic charity like other great saints. She was not materially poor as were the children of Fatima and Bernadette…. She sprang from upper middle class parents among the meadows and vineyards of Burgundy, France. Her father was educated man and an excellent farmer-living in the village of Fain-les-Moutiers not far from Dijon. Her sanctity consists in half a century of faithful service as a simple Daughter of Charity.

As the evening Angelus sounded, Catherine was born of Peter and Louise Laboure on May 2, 1806. She was the ninth child of a family of eleven. Fifteen minutes after her birth, her name, Zoe Laboure, was entered on the City records. The next day, she was baptized on the feast of the Finding of The True Cross. It seems more than a coincidence that Catherine was born. at the ringing of the Angelus; surely it was God’s charming touch- the heralding by Our Lady’s tells of the saint who was to be so highly favored by Mary. Nor was it an accident that Catherine’s name received the prompt attention of the world . . . certainly it was her holy mother’s intuition that led Louise Madeleine Laboure to call attention to her elected child. Even the feast of Catherine’s baptism was prophetic, for Catherine was to find the Cross in every turn of her life and to have a deep devotion for it, and a mysterious vision of the Cross.

When Catherine was nine years old, her saintly mother died. After the burial service, little Catherine retired to her room, stood on a chair, took Our Lady’s statue from the wall, addressed it, and said: “Now, dear Lady, you are to be my mother.

After living a year in Paris with her Aunt Margaret, Catherine came back to her father’s home to supervise the household. She was her father’s favorite child, and this efficient, stern, upper middle class farmer depended upon her. On January 25, 1818, Catherine received her First Holy Communion. From that day on she arose every morning at
4:00am, walked several miles in order to assist at Mass and to pray.

One day she had a dream in which she saw an old priest say Mass. After Mass, the priest turned and beckoned her with his finger, but she drew backwards, keeping her eye on him. The vision moved to a sick room where she saw the same priest, who said: “My child, it is a good deed to look after the sick; you run away now, but one day you will be glad to come to me. God has designs on you-do not forget it.” Later she awoke, not knowing the significance of the dream.

Sometime later, while visiting a hospital of the Daughters of Charity, she noticed a priest’s picture on the wall She asked sister who he might be, and was told · “Our Holy Founder St. Vincent de Paul ‘; This was the same priest Catherine had seen in the dream.

In January of 1830, Catherine Laboure became a postulant in the hospice of the Daughters of Charity at Catillion-sur-Seine. Three months later she was again in Paris, this time to enter the seminary of the Mother House of the Daughters of Charity. Shortly after she entered her new home, God was pleased to grant her several extraordinary visions. On three consecutive days she beheld the heart of St. Vincent above the reliquary in which his relics were exposed, each time under a different aspect. At other times she beheld Our Divine Lord in front of the Blessed Sacrament; this would occur especially during Mass when He would appear as He was described in the liturgy of the day.

On the eve of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, July 19, the Sister Superior spoke to the novices about the virtues of their Holy Founder and gave each of them a Piece of cloth from his surplice. Catherine earnestly prayed to St. Vincent that she might with her own eyes see the mother of God.

She was convinced that she would see the Blessed Virgin Mary that very night; and in her conviction, Catherine fell asleep Before long, she was awakened by a brilliant light and the voice of a child. “Sister Laboure, come to the Chapel; the Blessed Virgin awaits you.”

Catherine replied: “We shall be discovered.”

The little child smiled, “Do not be uneasy; it is half past eleven, everyone is sleeping . .. come, I am waiting for you.” She rose quickly and dressed. The hall lights were burning. The locked chapel door swung open at the angel’s touch. Amazed, Catherine found the Chapel ablaze with lights as if prepared for midnight Mass Quickly she knelt at the communion rail, and suddenly, she heard the rustle of a silk dress . . . the Blessed Virgin, in a blaze of light, sat in the director’s chair. The angel whispered: “The Blessed Mother wishes to speak with You.”

Catherine rose, knelt beside the Blessed Mother and rested her hands in the Virgin’s lap.Mary said: “God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world.” A pain crossed the Virgin’s face.

“Come to the foot of the altar Graces will be shed on all, great and little, especially upon those who seek for them You will have the protection of God and St Vincent. I always will have my eyes upon you. There will be much persecution. The Cross will be treated with contempt. It will be hurled to the ground and blood will flow ” Then after speaking for some time, the Lady like a fading shadow was gone.

Led by the child, Catherine left the Chapel, marched up the corridor, and returned to her place in the dormitory. The angel disappeared, and as Catherine went to bed she heard the clock strike two.

Catherine lived the normal life of a novice of the Daughters of Charity until Advent. On Saturday, November 27, 1830, at 5:30 p.m., she retired to the Chapel with the other Sisters for evening meditation. Catherine heard the faint swish of silk . . . she recognized Our Lady’s signal. Raising her eyes to the main altar, she saw her beautiful Lady standing on a large globe. Mary’s silken robe shone with the whiteness of dawn the neck was cut high, and the sleeves were plain. A pure white veil fell to her feet. and beneath the veil she wore a lace fillet binding her hair. A small golden ball was in her hands, which she offered to God with her eyes Heavenward. Suddenly, Mary’s hands were resplendent and flashed in a brilliant cascade of light. The flood of glory was so bright that the globe on which Mary stood was out of sight. Catherine understood that the rays symbolized the graces shed on those who seek them; gems on Our Lady’s fingers which did not have rays symbolized the graces for which souls forgot to ask. Then the ball vanished. Mary’s arms swept wide and down and an oval frame of words surrounded her head: “O Mary,conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee “

The Virgin spoke again, this time giving a direct order: “Have a medal struck in this form. All who wear it will receive great graces-” Then the vision of the Virgin turned completely around and on the other side appeared a large letter “M” with a cross above it. The letter rested on a bar beneath which appeared two hearts. The first heart was encircled by a crown of thorns; the second was pierced by a sword. The explanation is simple. We are Christians, purchased by a God who was crucified in the very presence of his own mother, the Queen of Martyrs.

Catherine asked how she was to have the medal struck. Mary replied that she was to go to her confessor, a Father Jean Marie Aladel saying of this saintly priest: “He is my servant.” Father Aladel at first did not believe Catherine; however, after two years, he finally went to the archbishop who ordered two thousand medals struck on June 20,1832. When Catherine received her share of these first medals from the hands of the priest, she said: “Now it must be propagated.” The spread of a devotion to the medal urged by St. Catherine was carried out so swiftly that it was miraculous itself. The formal name of “Medal of the Immaculate Conception” was soon forgotten It was the “Miraculous Medal” even in those days, for the power working through it seemed to be truly miraculous. From that time on, it would never be called anything else. Even the liturgy has accorded it the proud title conferred on it by the people who accept it with faith and love.

We might expect that praise and prominence would be the lot of one so favored by Heaven. But she bought none of it; rather, she fled from it. She wanted to be left alone to carry out her humble duties as a Daughter of Charity. For over forty years, she spent her every effort in caring for the aged and infirm, not revealing to those about her that she had been the recipient of Our Lady’s Medal. The sisters with whom she lived held her in the highest esteem, and each one longed to be her companion.

In 1876, Catherine felt a spiritual conviction that she would die before the end of the year. Mary Immaculate gave Catherine leave to speak, to break the silence of forty-six years. To her Sister Superior, Catherine revealed the fact that she was the sister to whom the Blessed Mother appeared.

On the last day of December, 1876, St. Catherine passed on-once again to the hands of Mary-this time, however, in Heaven. Today her beautiful remains still lie fresh and serene.

When her body was exhumed in 1933 it was found as fresh as the day it was buried. Though she had lived seventy years and was in the grave for fifty-seven Years, her eyes remained very blue and beautiful; and in death her arms and legs were as supple as if she were asleep. Her incorrupt body is encased in glass beneath the side altar at 140 Rue du Bac, Paris, beneath one of the spots where Our Lady appeared to her.

In the Chapel of the Apparition you can gaze upon the face and the lips that for forty-six years kept a secret which has since shaken the world.

St. Catherine Laboure was born the daughter of a farmer on May 2, 1806 in Fain-les Moutiers France. She never went to school, as her mother died when she was only eight, and she took care of the family. She joined the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at Chatillion in 1830 taking the name of Catherine, and was sent to the Rue de Bac Convent in Paris. Almost at once she began to experience a series of visions of our Lady in the chapel of the convent, and in several of them was asked by the Lady in the vision to strike a medal showing the Lady and honoring the Immaculate Conception. Her confessor, Fr. Aladel, secured permision from Archbishop Quelen of Paris to have the medals struck, and in 1832 the first 1500 of what were to be millions of medals were minted — the famous Miraculous Medal. The visions were approved as authentic in 1836 by a special commission appointed by the archbishop, and the popularity of the medal spread all over the world. Catherine spent the years from 1831 to her death performing menial tasks at the Hospice d’Enghein, revealing none of her visions to anyone but her confessor until a few months before her death on December 31, 1876, She was canonized in 1947 and we celebrate her feast on November 28.

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