CATHERINE was born in 1806 in Burgundy, France. She was the ninth of eleven children. She refused many offers of marriage, and said, "I found my Bridegroom on the day of my First Communion. To Him alone have I given myself."
Catherine once paid a visit to a hospital which was in the care of the Sisters of Charity. In the parlor she saw a picture of St. Vincent de Paul and she heard the words, "My child, it is a very beautiful thing to take care of the sick. God is asking something from you." She later became a "Daughter of St. Vincent de Paul."
On the 18th of July, 1830, Catherine had a vision of Our Lady in which she described the miraculous medal, which has the image of Our Lady on one side with the words: "0 Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee," and on the other side the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Our Lady said, "Have a medal struck according to this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces." Three times the Virgin Mary appeared to Catherine, who was then a a twenty-four-year-old novice. Devotion to the miraculous medal spread rapidly throughout the world. Catherine died in 1876.
Lord Jesus Christ, You were pleased to gladden the holy Virgin Catherine by the wonderful apparition of Your Immaculate Mother. Grant that by following the example of this saint we may obtain the joy of eternal life.
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