Ordinary Time: November 28th
St Catherine Labouré (born Zoe Labouré) was born on the 2nd of May
1806 at Fainles-Moutiers, a picturesque village of Burgundy, France.
She was the ninth child in a happy family of eleven. God made known
the choice of this soul by marking her at an early age with the seal
of suffering, for when she was only nine years old she lost her
Saint Catherine Labouré responded to the divine call by entering the
Community of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in
Paris. Here, during the first months of her novitiate, she was
favored with a number of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, who
confided to her the mission of having the Miraculous Medal made.
Until shortly before her death, Saint Catherine kept a strict
silence concerning these apparitions, speaking of them only to her
confessor, according to the instructions of Our Lady.
During 46 years, Saint Catherine witnessed the wonders and miracles
wrought through the Medal. During all this time, carefully guarding
her secret of the apparitions, she humbly performed her commonplace
duties, devoting herself especially to the care of the infirmed men
of Enghien, a suburb of Paris. For this she is called the patroness
On the 31st of December, 1876, Saint Catherine left this earth for
heaven to contemplate there her Immaculate Queen, whose love and
beauty had captured her heart on earth.
Her body was exhumed 57 years later and found in perfect condition.
Even death respected her, who had enjoyed the extraordinary
privilege of resting her hands on the knees of the Blessed Virgin
for more than two hours during one of the apparitions. Saint
Catherine was canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 27, 1947.
The simplicity of Saint Catherine's life endears her to everyone.
She became a saint by doing her commonplace duties well, for God.
This "Saint of Ordinary People" has the secret of sanctity for us
Excerpted from Central Association of the Miraculous Medal