ST CATHERINE'S FIRST APPARITION,
THE NIGHT OF JULY 18-19, 1830



A month and a half later, Catherine gave her confessor the following account:

...and then came the feast of St. Vincent. On the eve, Mother Marthe gave us an instruction on devotion to the Saints, and in particular the Blessed Virgin. For so long a time I had desired to see her. I went to sleep thinking that St. Vincent might obtain this grace for me.

About half past eleven, I heard myself called by my name. I looked in the direction of the voice and I drew the curtain. I saw a child of four or five years old dressed in white who said to me, "Come to the chapel; the Blessed Virgin is waiting for you". Immediately the thought came to me: "But I shall be heard". The child repllied: "Be calm, it is half past eleven, everyone is asleep; come, I am waiting for you".

I hurriedly dressed and went to the side of the child. I followed him whereever he went. The lights were lit everywhere. When we reached the Chapel, the door opened as soon as the child touched it with the tip of his finger. The candles were burning as at midnight Mass.

However I did not see the Blessed Virgin. The child led me to the sanctury and I knelt down there. Towards midnight, the child said, " Here is the Blessed Virgin!".

I heard a noise like the rustle of a silk dress... a very beautiful lady sat down and Father Director's chair. The child repeated in a strong voice," Here is the Blessed Virgin". Then I flung myself at her feet on the steps of the altar, and put my hands on her knees.

I do not know how long I remained there; it seemed but a moment, but the sweetest of my life.

The holy Virgin told me how I should act towards my director, and confided several things to me....

What was confided to her she revealed later in an account written in her own handwriting in l876, some months before her death.

"The good God, my child, wishes to entrust you with a mission. It will be the cause of much suffering to you, but you will overcome this, knowing that what you do is for the glory of God. You will be contradicted, but you will have the grace to bear it; do not fear! You will see certain things; give an account of them. You will be inspired in your prayers....

The times are evil; misfortunes will fall upon France; the throne will be overthrown; the entire world will be overcome by evils of all kinds...but...

COME TO THE FOOT OF THIS ALTAR; THERE, GRACES WILL BE POURED ON ALL THOSE WHO ASK FOR THEM WITH CONFIDENCE AND FERVOR.
THEY WILL BE POURED OUT ON THE GREAT AND THE HUMBLE...

"I do not know how long a time passed", Catherine had to say.

The Virgin disappeared like a light that is extinguished.


THE SECOND APPARITION:
ON NOVEMBER 27TH 1830

"God wishes to give you a mission..." the Blessed Virgin had said to Catherine, but the mission was not revealed to her until November 27th. Let us here the account she gives of this revelation.

"It was a Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent, at half past five in the evening. In the silence, just after the point of meditation had been read, I seemed to hear a noise at the side of the tribune. When I looked in that direction, I saw the Blessed Virgin. She was standing,
dresssed in a white robe of silk, like the dawn, her feet resting on a
globe, only half of which I could see. In her hands, held at the level of her breast, she held a smaller globe, her eyes raised towards heaven...her face was beautiful, I could not describe it...

Then suddenly, I saw rings on her fingers, covered with jewels, some large and some small, from which came beautiful rays...At this moment, when I was contemplating the Virgin, she lowered her eyes and looked at me, and an interior voice spoke to me:

"This globe that you see represents the entire world, particularly France...and each person in particular".

I cannot explain here what I felt and what I saw, the beauty and the light of the rays was so magnificent!. The voice spoke to me again:

"This is a symbol of the graces which I shed on those who ask me".

At this moment, where I was or was not I do not know, an oval shape formed around the Blessed Virgin, and on it were written these words in letters of gold:

"O MARY CONCIEVED WITHOUT SIN, PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE".

Then a voice was heard to say:

"HAVE A MEDAL STRUCK AFTER THIS MODEL. THOSE WHO WEAR IT WILL RECEIVE GREAT GRACES; ABUNDANT GRACES WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONFIDENCE".

Some of the precious stones gave forth no ray of light.

"THOSE JEWELS WHICH ARE IN SHADOW REPRESENT THE GRACES WHICH PEOPLE FORGET TO ASK ME FOR".

Suddenly the oval seemed to turn. I saw the reverse of the medal:
the letter M surmounted by a cross, and below it, two hearts, one crowned with a crown of thorns, and the other pierced by a sword.


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I seemed to hear a voice which said to me:

"THE M. AND THE TWO HEARTS SAY ENOUGH".

MARY, JESUS...THE SUFFERINGS OF BOTH UNITED FOR OUR REDEMPTION

end of 2nd apparition


We at Immaculate Heart have distributed thousands and thousands of this medal in every kind of metal. We have seen hundreds of conversions and healings. It has truly lived up to its' name. It was called the Miraculous Medal years later because of all the Miracles.

During Catherines time the engravers were not skilled enought to engrave the first medal, Catherine was always upset that this medal was not cast and died feeling like she had failed Our Lady.

Recently, in l993, the
Virgin of the Globe was finally cast. The first one made in pure gold was sent to his Holiness John Paul II. It is now being distributed to help support the fifth and final dogma, Our LadyCo-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. It is also recognized for its intercession and conversion abillities. We distribute these as well.


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