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The Marian apparition known as Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal occurred in the summer of 1830, when Catherine Labour, a 24-year old novice with the Sisters of Charity, was awakened by a child who appeared to be about 5 years old and said:

"Catherine, Catherine, wake up. Come to the chapel; the Blessed Virgin is waiting for you."

Catherine followed the child to the chapel. After about 30 minutes of waiting, a beautiful young woman appeared in a sphere of white light. The child announced her as the Blessed Virgin, who said:

"My child, the good God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will have much to suffer, but you will rise above these sufferings by reflecting that what you do is for the glory of God. You will know what the good God wants. You will be tormented until you have told him who is in charged with directing you. You will be contradicted, but do not fear, you will have grace. Tell with confidence all that passes within you. Tell it with simplicity. Have confidence. Do not be afraid."

Catherine wrote down "in forty years" (1870) in her notes for this prophecy. She experienced another apparition five months later. Mary was dressed in white and held a ball with a little golden cross on its top. The ball, she said, represented the whole world, especially France, and each person in particular. Mary stood on a white globe with a green serpent under her feet. An oval window formed around the Blessed Virgin, inscribed with these words:

"O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee".

A voice said to Catherine, "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."

The oval image then turned over to reveal the reverse die: the letter M surmounted by a cross, and two hearts below it; one heart is crowned with thorns, and the other is pierced by a sword.

Although her spiritual supervisors doubted the veracity of Catherine’s visions, they authorized that the medal be struck since it did not violate Church dogma. Soon afterwards, many cures and spiritual conversions were attributed to the medal, which became known as the Miraculous Medal. Catherine never received any more visits from the Blessed Virgin, and she died in 1876. Millions of Miraculous Medals have been produced since then.

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