Wednesday, 28 November 2018

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Saint Catherine Labouré


The 28th of November is the feast day of Saint Catherine Laboure D.C. (May 2, 1806 – December 31, 1876). She is the patron saint of the Miraculous Medal, infirmed people, and the elderly.

Saint Catherine Laboure lived between 1806 till 1876 and was born in Burgundy, France. She was the ninth child of a large family of seventeen children, their parents were pious and prosperous farmers. However, her mother died when she was only nine years old. After the funeral, Catherine kissed a statue of Our Lady in her home, and said: “Now You will be my mother.” After caring for her family at the age of 22, she entered the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris. On the eve of the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1830, she experienced her first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary entrusted the mission of spreading devotion to the Miraculous Medal to Catherine and revealed in a vision how it should look like. She appeared to Saint Catherine another two times and the Miraculous Medal was eventually mass-produced and was approved by the Church. Saint Catherine preferred to be anonymous and she was unknown as the visionary even to the sisters in her own convent. She took care of the sick and led a quiet life. After her death, many miracles were ascribed to her relics. Saint Catherine Laboure’s body remains incorrupt and her body is in a glass casket in the chapel where she served and had the visions of Our Lady.


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December 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, when you come to me, as to a mother, with a pure and open heart, know that I am listening to you, encouraging you, consoling you, and above all, interceding for you with my Son. I know that you desire to have a strong faith and to express it in the right way. What my Son asks of you is to have a sincere, strong and deep faith - then every way in which you express it is proper. Faith is a most wonderful mystery which is kept in the heart. It is between the Heavenly Father and all of His children; it is recognized by the fruits and by the love which one has towards all of God's creatures. Apostles of my love, my children, have trust in my Son. Help all of my children to come to know His love. You are my hope - you who strive to sincerely love my Son. In the name of love, for your salvation, according to the will of the Heavenly Father and through my Son, I am here among you. Apostles of my love, along with prayer and sacrifice, may your hearts be illuminated with the love and the light of my Son. May that light and love illuminate all those whom you meet and bring them back to my Son. I am with you. In a special way, I am alongside your shepherds. With my motherly love I illuminate and encourage them, that with the hands blessed by my Son, they may bless the entire world. Thank you.

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