Sunday, November 27, 2011

Medal of the Immaculate Conception

The apparition of Our Lady to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830 on the 27th of November, is a special feast in our community and has an important message for all.

“Come to the foot of this altar.  There graces will be poured out on all those, rich or poor, who ask for them with confidence and fervor....”

Life is filled with difficulties, trials, hardships, heartaches and stress.  Do we seek our remedies in front of the Altar.  Our Lord is always there waiting and longing for us.

During the apparition Our Lady was holding a globe and from the rings on her fingers, rays were emitted.  Catherine understood that these rays represented the graces that were shed upon those who asked for them.  In Luke we are told: 
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  (Luke 11: 9-10)
 Our Lady was gently reminding us of the need for prayer, intercession and petition.

“Behold the symbol of the graces I shed upon those who ask me for them.”
Then St. Catherine beheld the form of the Medal and written in letters of gold “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”
“Have a medal struck upon this model.  All those who wear it, when it is blessed, will receive great graces especially if they wear it round the neck.  Those who repeat this prayer with devotion will be in a special manner under the protection of the Mother of God. Graces will be abundantly bestowed upon those who have confidence.”

On this feast of the Miraculous Medal, the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, let us pray with confidence for our needs, for our loved ones, for the Holy Father and the Church.

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