Friday, July 17, 2009
THE MIRACULOUS CHAPEL
Our day started early with the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal. We were in time for Mass at 10.30. It is here, in this Chapel, that Our Blessed Mother appeared to Catherine Laboure three times between July and November 1830 and charged her with a mission from Her Son Jesus Christ. Catherine was also given the task of producing the Miraculous Medal which the Mother of God designed Herself. St Catherine died on Jan 3, 1877 and 50 years after her death, under the authorisation of Cardinal Verdier, the mystic's body was exhumed in view of her beatification. She was found in exactly the same condition as when she was laid to rest in 1877, her body intact and limbs supple. Catherine was canonised on July 27, 1947 and her body now rests in a reliquary under the statue of Our Lady. Another saint's uncorrupted body in a reliquary in the chapel is St Louise de Marillac, founder of the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul. Today, the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse (Chapel of Our Lady's Miraculous Medal) in Rue du Bac, Paris, is a centre of devotion to the Blessed Mother. The Chapel is beautiful, I hope we have a chance to visit it again, but we are off on an eight-hour road drive to Lourdes tomorrow.