St. Catherine Laboure, Virgin | Saint of the Day | December 31

Prayer to St. Catherine Laboure, Virgin

O Lord Jesus Christ, You were pleased to gladden the holy Virgin Catherine by the wonderful apparition of your Immaculate Mother. Grant that we may follow the example of the same Saint in honoring Your most holy Mother with filial devotion and obtain the joy of eternal life. Amen.

St. Catherine Laboure was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who then was a 24-years-old novice.

On July 1á, the first apparition occurred in the community’s motherhouse. St. Catherine beheld a Lady seated on the left side of the sanctuary. When St. Catherine approached her, the heavenly visitor told her how to act in time of trial and pointed to the altar as the source of all consolation. Promising to entrust St. Catherine with a mission that would cause her great suffering, the Lady also predicted the anticlerical revolt that occurred at Paris in 1870.

On November 27, the Lady showed St. Catherine the medal of the Immaculate Conception, now universally known as “The Miraculous Medal.” She commissioned St. Catherine to have one made, and to spread devotion to this medal.

At that time, only the Saint’s spiritual director, Father Aladel, St. Catherine spoke fully of the apparitions to one of her superiors. She died on December 31, 1876, and was canonized on July 27, 1947, by Pope Pius XII.