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New Videocast: Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

  /   Sunday September 13, 2015  

I have uploaded and published a new videocast:

I first learned about the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal about 15 years ago when I was traveling up I-55 to St. Louis.  It’s in Perryville, which is about an hour south of the city.  The shrine is only about a mile and half off the interstate and is really easy to find.  It’s pretty simple but beautiful and well worth seeing.  The Shrine is run by the Vincentians.  They were the first religious order of priests that I encountered when I became Catholic.  They are primarily rural missionaries, and I came from the rural area of southeast Missouri.

The Miraculous Medal was revealed to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830.  St. Catherine Laboure was a member of the Daughters of Charity, the women’s congregation of the Vincentians.  Our Lady ordered her to have the medal made, and she said that graces would about for anyone who wore it with confidence.  She went to her confessor, who eventually brought this to the archbishop (after two years), and had the medals made.  St. Catherine Laboure, however, continued to live in the usual way of a Daughter of Charity for 46 more years.  A few months before her death in 1876, Our Lady gave her permission to reveal to her superior that she was the one who received this revelation, and so she did.

Really, though, I want to emphasize that it’s important to keep God at the forefront of anything we do, including our travel.  Knowing where places of pilgrimage exist help us to do this.  We can take a break from our travel to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament at a place like this and focus ourselves on Christ.  If you are traveling this way, I’d highly recommend taking a look at this place.

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