Posted by: fvbcdm | November 8, 2011

Feast of Saint Martin Tinh & Comp. (8 Nov 2011)

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having lunch with friends of mine who will be going to Paris early next year. They will be staying in a hotel on the Left Bank, near the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, where Our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure in 1830. At the time, Catherine was a young Sister in the community of the Daughters of Charity.
 
Most of us are familiar with that medal; when Our Lady appeared to the young Sister, she asked that a medal be struck according to her image. And then she assumed the posture of a lady standing up, her hands extended downward as if showering gifts to the world beneath her, and around the entire image, the words: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.”  The chapel now offers to the veneration of the pilgrims who visit it, the tomb of Saint Catherine Laboure, and that of Saint Louise de Marillac, the co-foundress with Saint Vincent de Paul of the Daughters of Charity.  Also to be seen in the chapel is the armchair in which Our Lady appeared to be seated when she spoke to Saint Catherine.  Our Lady invited Catherine to kneel before her and rest her hands in Our Lady’s lap.  Around the corner from that convent is the motherhouse of the Vincentian Fathers, and there the body of Saint Vincent de Paul is preserved in a glass casket above the main altar of the chapel.
 
I tell you these things because as travel becomes more available and possible, you may one day go to Paris for the first time—or again—and you can visit this very moving shrine.  All pilgrims who go to France should visit this one on the Rue de Bac in Paris, in the north of France, and then the marvelous shrine of Our Lady at Lourdes in the extreme southwestern corner of the country.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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