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 This Month, when we commemorate the second visit to Our Blessed Virgin to St Catherine, we focus on the Apparition of 27 November

November 27, 1830, at 5:30 in the afternoon, during the Sisters’ evening prayer, Our Blessed  Virgin appeared the second time to St Catherine under the painting of Saint Joseph (current location of Our Lady of the Globe). St Catherine said that:      

First she saw, like two pictures, one of the Virgin with her foot on half a globe of the earth, squashing a snake with her feet.  

The Blessed Virgin has in her hands a golden globe crowned by a small cross. Her eyes looking up to heaven, she offers it to God.

Then I heard, “This globe represents the entire world, including France, and every person.”

In the second image, beautiful rays of light stream from the Blessed Virgin’s open hands, covered with jewelled rings.At that same moment St. Catherine heard a voice saying:“These rays are a symbol of the graces that I pour out on those who ask them of me.”

Then an oval formed around the apparition, and Catherine saw in a semi-circle this invocation:

“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you,

emblazoned in gold letters. She then heard a voice saying:  

Have a medal made according to this model. For those who wear it with confidence, there will be abundant graces.

Then, the image turned and Catherine saw the reverse of the medal: at the top, a cross on Mary’s initial letter, below, two hearts, one crowned of thorns, another crossed by a sword.”

The Apparition took place during evening prayer. Shall we pray with St Catherine’s attitude? She said:

“When I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, I tell to Him: “Lord, here I am. Tell me what You would have me do.

If He gives me some task, I am content and I thank Him. 

If He gives me nothing, I still thank Him since I do not deserve to receive anything more than that. 

And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell Him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen.            

If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen.

God always speaks to you when you approach Him plainly and simply.(St Catherine)

Prayer of Saint John Paul II when He visited the chapel at 140 rue du Bac on 31 May 1980:

“Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.”

Mary, such was the prayer that you inspired in Saint Catherine Labouré, in this same place, now, one hundred fifty years ago; and this invocation, thereafter engraved on the Medal is now worn and recited by so many faithful throughout the whole world! 

You are blessed among all women!  Blessed are you who believed!

The Almighty has done marvels for you!  The marvel of your Divine maternity!  And, in view of it, the marvel of your Immaculate Conception!  The marvel of your fiat!

You have been so intimately associated with the work of our Redemption, associated with the cross of Our Saviour; your heart was transpierced by it, alongside his heart.  And now, in the glory of your Son, you intercede continuously for us, poor sinners.  You watch over the Church, of which you are the Mother.  You watch over each one of your children.  You obtain for us, from God, all these graces which the rays of light radiating from your open hands symbolize, with the one condition that we dare ask you for them and that we draw near to you with the confidence and simplicity of a child.  And it is, in this way, that you lead us constantly towards your Son, Jesus.

In this blessed place, I want also to express to you today again the trust, the deep proximity with which you have always favoured me. “Totus tuus”. I come as a pilgrim after so many who have come to this chapel for hundred fifty years and as the whole Christian people that comes here every day to communicate their happiness, trust and petitions. I come as did the blessed Maximillian Kolbe; before their trip to Japan, just fifty years ago, he came here to look for your particular support to spread which he would call “The Militia of the Immaculate” and to undertake their prodigious work of spiritual renovation under your patronage. Christ requests a great work of spiritual renovation today to his Church. And me, humble Successor of Peter, this the great work that I come to trust, as I have made it in Jasna Góra, to Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Knock, in Pompeii and in Ephesus, and as I will do next year in Lourdes. 

We consecrate you our force and readiness to be of service to the design of salvation by your Son. We ask you that through of Holy Spirit, the faith takes root and consolidate the whole Christian people that communion overcomes all germ of division that have new life in those that are discouraged. We request especially to you for the people and the Church in France, for their Shepherds, for the consecrated people, for the fathers and mothers of families, for children and youth, for men and women of the third age. We beseech you in particular for those who are in physical or moral suffering, for those who are tempted to infidelity, for those that are touched by doubt in a climate of incredulity, and also for those that suffer persecution because of their faith. We entrust to you the apostolate of laypeople, the ministry of priests, the testimony of religious nuns. We beseech you that the call to priestly an religious vocation be broadly listened and seconded for the glory of God and the vitality of the Church in this country and in the countries that continue expecting mutual missionary help. 

We entrust to you especially the multitude of Daughters of Charity whose motherhouse is located in this place and, following their spirit founders, Saint Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac, are ready to serve the Church and the poor in all countries. We ask you to pray for those who live in this house and, in the heart of this city, welcome all pilgrims who know the price of silence and prayer.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, 
now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.”

Here, graces will be poured out on all those who ask for them with confidence and fervor; the great and the lowly.


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