THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL
One day, I went to St Francis’s Church in Enna. The Franciscan friar that was celebrating Mass told us the story of Saint Catherine Laboure.
“She was born into a well-to-do family in 1806. Since she was a little girl, Saint Vincent De Paul had appeared to her in a dream.
In 1830 Saint Catherine became a novice in the hospice of Daughters of Charity, the religious order founded by Saint Vincent De Paul.
One night, a young boy woke up Catherine and asked her to follow him to the chapel. She followed him. At the touch of the young boy, the doors of the chapel burst open. The church was lit up. Maria was sitting on a chair and asked Catherine to come close.
At the end of the same year the apparition occurred to her again. This time Our Lady was standing on a globe. She ordered that a medal of the apparition should be made. The miraculous medal.”
The Franciscan friar gave a few medals to the congregation and asked us to give them to those in need.
Now I am in Paris. This morning I went to visit the Chapel where the apparitions happened. I wanted to see the incorrupt body of Saint Catherine, but it was not possible because Mass was said continuously in the chapel. I couldn’t get close to the sarcophagus.
Even though I couldn’t see the body of Saint Catherine, I felt very peaceful.
In this holy place I have learned something more about Saint Vincent De Paul and his Sisters of Charity.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
– Travels of the Mind